Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, surgical staff performed the first da Vinci Single-Site cholecystectomy at the hospital to remove a patients gallbladder through a single 2.5 cm incision in the umbilicus. The surgery took place on April 30.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the da Vinci Single-Site System for cholecystectomy in December 2011. Holy Cross surgical staff uses the multiport da Vinci Si System in urology, gynecology, bariatric and general surgery, according to a news release.
More than 1 million people in the U.S. undergo cholecystectomy each year, according to the release. Many of these patients are now candidates for da Vinci Single-Site surgery.
“There is no scar whatsoever,” said Catherine Hart, RN, who underwent the same procedure on May 16, in the release. “I feel like it was less invasive because I did not have multiple incision sites compared to a regular lap cholecystectomy. I could have a shower right away — that was a good thing; and I was able to swim about a week later.”