Single-Incision Robotic Surgery Performed at White County Medical Center
Dec 06, 2012

WCMC Uses Advanced SingleSite Technology in Gallbladder Surgery

Taking advantage of another breakthrough in robotic surgery, a surgeon at White County Medical Center is among the first in the state and is the first in the Northeast Arkansas to perform a robotically-assisted removal of the gallbladder through a single small incision.

Each year, about one million people in the U.S will undergo gallbladder removal surgery.  Thanks to this latest advance, patients can now have their gallbladder removed and be home in a few short hours with minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scar.

White County Medical Center surgeon William Gibbs III, MD recently performed the robotic-assisted cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) using a single incision through the belly button. This advancement has been made possible through a new FDA-approved SingleSite improvement to the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

“This new technique offers even greater advantages to patients having gallbladder removal,” said Dr. Gibbs. “Robotic-assisted surgery has offered advantages in selected procedures, and now we can do an entire gallbladder procedure using just one small, cosmetically hidden incision. It is an improvement over  previously performed procedures.”

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform for the da Vinci® Surgical System specifically for cholecystectomy procedures. The system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from four small incisions to one incision that is an inch in length and cosmetically hidden at the belly button.

“Until now a gallbladder surgery has required multiple port sites, in turn leaving multiple small scars.  Cosmetically the da Vinci Robot is superior.” Gibbs added. “We should have the same rapid recovery time but with fewer incision sites.”
Surgeons at White County Medical Center use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System for a variety of minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures including general, gynecological, and thoracic surgeries.

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to create a healthy community by providing quality patient care and participating in community health events. White County Medical Center is the second-largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,600 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

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