Published on July 19, 2013

Milford Regional First To Offer Single-Site Robotic Surgery

Milford Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in central Massachusetts to offer Single-Site™ da Vinci®robotic-assisted surgery technology available for gallbladder surgery. This new state-of-the-art procedure allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder through a single, small incision in the belly button. Benefits of this leading edge surgery include minimal pain, low blood loss, faster recovery time and virtually no scarring.

Until single-site da Vinci technology came along, the only option for minimally invasive gallbladder surgery involved the surgeon making three to four incisions that were one to two inches in length. Through these openings, scopes and other tools were carefully inserted to view and remove the organ. With the new single-site robotic-assisted surgery, only one incision, or “port,” is made at the belly button, through which all instruments are inserted. The surgery is performed in about an hour and the patient can go home on the same day.

Each year, about one million people in the United States have their gall bladder removed. Forty percent of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Many women in this age group are sensitive to scarring. Single-site surgery eliminates this concern since the new technology leaves no visible scar.

Da Vinci is a robotic surgical system used in complex minimally invasive surgery. With da Vinci, the surgeon controls the movement of miniaturized wristed instruments from a console where he can view a magnified, high resolution 3D image of the surgical site. The benefits for the surgeon – and ultimately the patient – of using the da Vinci surgical system is superior visualization, improved dexterity and range of motion and enhanced surgical precision.

“This exciting new procedure is one more step we have taken to make surgery less invasive and more beneficial for our patients,” states Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center. “To be the first hospital in Central Massachusetts to offer single-site robotic surgery demonstrates Milford Regional’s commitment to providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options.”

In addition to single-site gall bladder removal, several Milford Regional surgeons are performing robotic-assisted surgery in gynecology for hysterectomy and removal of uterine fibroids; and in urology for prostate and kidney cancer. Milford Regional also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.

General surgeon Philip Cohen, MD, performs single-site da Vinci gallbladder surgery at Milford Regional. To make an appointment at his Milford practice, call 508-458-4250. To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery or watch a patient video about this surgery, visit Milford Regional’s robotic surgery pages.

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