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Wesley First in Wichita and South-Central Kansas to Perform New

WICHITA, Kansas – Taking advantage of another breakthrough in robotic surgery, a surgeon at Wesley Medical Center is among the first in the United States and the first in Wichita and south-central Kansas to perform a robotically-assisted removal of the gallbladder through a single small incision.

Each year, about one million people in the United States will undergo gallbladder removal surgery. Of that number, 40 percent of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Thanks to the latest breakthrough in robotic-assisted surgery, these patients can now have their gallbladder removed in about the same amount of time as a lunch break, and be home in time for dinner with minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scar.

Paul Harrison, MD, general surgeon, recently performed the robotic-assisted cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) using a single incision through the belly button. The daVinci® Robotic System enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from 4 small incisions to one incision that is an inch in length and cosmetically hidden at the belly button.

“This new daVinci robotic single-site technology is a great benefit to Wesley patients,” stated Dr. Harrison. “This new type of technology makes surgery less invasive and less difficult for the patient and the surgeon.”

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform for the daVinci Surgical System specifically for cholecystectomy procedures. This particular system boasts a powerful high definition surgical screen, precision instruments, and four “arms” that allow the surgeon to perform minimally invasive procedures. Surgeons at Wesley utilize the daVinci System for a variety of minimally invasive robotic general and gynecological surgical procedures.

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