Dr. Patrick Kenney recently performed Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s first Single-Site™ (single-incision) surgery, a gallbladder removal, using the da Vinci® Surgical System, as part of its robotic surgery program.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery has given surgeons better tools to perform more complicated procedures with great precision and achieve better outcomes for their patients. In traditional laparoscopic and robotic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions for the tools and camera needed to perform the procedure. However, Single-Site technology allows surgeons to eliminate multiple incisions and place all the instruments through a single 2-to-2.5-centimeter port, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring.
“Single-Site allows me to operate with perfect ergonomics, enhanced 3-D visualization and fine instrument control,” said Dr. Kenney, adding that patients benefit from the advantages of minimally invasive surgery with less pain and blood loss, a quicker recovery and an almost invisible scar once healed. “My robotic patients have faired just as well postoperatively as my non-robotic patients, with the notable difference that their operative times were significantly shorter with the robot.”