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Cumming hospital now offering single-incision robotic surgery

By Staff
CUMMING - Northside Hospital-Forsyth has added Single-Site (single-incision) surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System, as part of its robotic surgery program. Only a handful of hospitals in Georgia have performed this minimally invasive technique.

"Single incision robotic surgery is a fantastic addition to Northside Hospital's robotic capabilities," said Dr. Patrick Kenney, general surgeon, who performed the first procedure, a gallbladder removal, at the Cumming hospital. "It allows me to combine the benefits of robotic technology with the proven patient benefits of single-incision surgery."

Minimally invasive robotic surgery has given surgeons better tools to perform more complicated procedures with great precision and achieve better outcomes for their patients. In traditional laparoscopic and robotic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions for the tools and camera needed to perform the procedure. However, Single-Site technology allows surgeons to eliminate multiple incisions and place all the instruments through a single 2-to-2.5-centimeter port, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring.

"Single-Site allows me to operate with perfect ergonomics, enhanced 3-D visualization and fine instrument control," said Dr. Kenney. Patients benefit from the advantages of minimally invasive surgery with less pain and blood loss, a quicker recovery and an almost invisible scar once healed.

"My robotic patients have faired just as well postoperatively as my non-robotic patients, with the notable difference that their operative times were significantly shorter with the robot," said Dr. Kenney. "Compared to my traditional laparoscopic gallbladder patients, those who have undergone Single-Site robotic surgery are more satisfied with their outcomes."

Northside Hospital-Forsyth began using robotic technology in 2008, joining Northside Hospital-Atlanta, which performed its first robotic surgery in 2005, and Northside Hospital-Cherokee in 2007.

Although Single-Site robotic surgery is currently only approved for gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy), surgeons are actively using robotic technology to perform procedures across a wide range of specialties.

"We are pleased to add this latest technique to our Advanced Robotic Surgery Program and, more so, that the technology is now available at Northside Hospital-Forsyth," said Vicki Barnett, RN, director of surgical services, Northside Hospital. "The achievement highlights the innovative expertise of the general surgeons at Northside Hospital."
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