Robotic Surgery Used to Perform Region's First Single Port Procedure

Dr. T. Paul Singh successfully removed a diseased gallbladder through a single incision in a patient’s navel using the da Vinci robot. This is the first single port, robotic assisted cholecystectomy performed in northeastern New York. 

Last year, the FDA approved robot manufacturer Intuitive Surgical, Inc., to market its Single-Site instrumentation for laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures and Albany Med was designated one of only 20 centers in the country approved to perform this advanced technique. The system, which enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from four to six down to one incision that is less than an inch in length, is intended to reduce instrument crowding typically associated with hand-held, laparoscopic single-incision devices.

According to Dr. Singh, the success of this procedure signifies the beginning of major advancements in the field of single port robotic surgery as surgeons continually strive to alleviate discomfort, reduce blood loss, shorten length of hospital stay, minimize scarring and hasten recovery.

"I believe, in time, this technology will prove highly effective for a wide range of other procedures," says Dr. Singh, citing surgeries related to urology, nephrology, colorectal, thoracic, and obstetrics and gynecology as likely to benefit in the future. "I believe this will become the gold standard for minimally invasive surgery, and Albany Med will have been at the forefront."  

For the patient, a female whose gallbladder was inflamed due to gall stones, the procedure took approximately an hour and she was discharged home a few hours later.

It is estimated that approximately 750,000 patients require gallbladder removal each year.