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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - Broward Health Medical Center Performs its First Single-Incision Gallbladder Removal
Robotic Surgery Procedure allows Surgeon to Perform Single-Incision Cholecystectomy

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Michael Parra, M.D., recently performed a single-incision gallbladder removal for the first time at Broward Health Medical Center.  Dr. Parra used the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to remove the gallbladder through a single incision in the patient’s belly button.

“This exciting new technology, paired with our highly trained medical staff, means better surgical outcomes for our patients,” said Calvin Glidewell, CEO for Broward Health Medical Center. “Not only was this outpatient surgical procedure safer and less invasive, the recovery period was significantly reduced and there was virtually no visible scar from the single incision through the navel.”

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen. It collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced in the liver.  Its removal can relieve the pain and discomfort of gallstones.  In the past, gallbladder removals have been performed either through open surgery, which requires a large opening in the abdomen, or laparoscopic surgery, which requires multiple incision sites.

The da Vinci system has been used for a variety of other surgeries and was only recently FDA-approved for gallbladder removals. The system allows surgeons to operate with precision, enhanced maneuverability and three-dimensional visualization. 

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