High Point Regional surgeon offers gallbladder removal with da Vinci® System

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Gallbladder disease affects 10-15 percent of adults in the United States and Europe. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.

More than one million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic-assisted, single-incision surgery.

High Point Regional is proud to provide patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options, including single-incision gallbladder removal using the da Vinci® Surgical System. During a da Vinci® Single-Site Cholecystectomy, a patient’s gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, approximately one inch, making the procedure virtually scarless.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci® Surgical System in December 2011. High Point Regional is one of only two hospitals in the region to provide the single site gallbladder removal surgery.

"Neither robotic-assisted surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment," says Nikhil Teppara, MD.   "To offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates High Point Regional’s leadership in providing patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options."

Dr. Teppara is one of a select few surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the surgery.

Single-Site instruments used with the da Vinci® Surgical System are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies,” Dr. Teppara said. “We are truly excited to be a leader today in the surgical treatment of tomorrow.”

Potential benefits of Single-Site gallbladder surgery may include virtually scarless surgery, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera.  In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.

High Point Regional offers various types of robotic-assisted surgeries with the da Vinci® system. In addition to gallbladder removal, High Point Regional surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in gynecology and urology, as well as hernia repair, splenectomy and colectomy surgery.  High Point Regional also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.