Robotic Surgery Used to Perform Region’s First Single Port Procedure
ALBANY, N.Y., January 30, 2012— On Friday (Jan. 27), T. Paul Singh, M.D., chief of minimally invasive surgery at Albany Medical Center, 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.
In addition to cholecystectomy, surgeons at Albany Medical Center perform robotic assisted surgery for the treatment of bladder, colorectal, kidney and prostate disease, heart repair, esophagectomy, hysterectomy, and pelvic floor repairs for incontinence and prolapse.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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