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Trinity surgeon performs first regional da Vinci Single-Site procedure

June 1, 2013
The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Dr. Samuel Licata, general surgeon at Trinity Health System, performed the first da Vinci Single-Site cholecystectomy in the Eastern Ohio region on Wednesday.

The patient's gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless. "The surgery took less time and was much less invasive. The patient went home with Tylenol for pain - no narcotics," said Dr. Licata.

"Providing patients with the best surgical options available is always my first priority, along with reducing discomfort, shortening hospital stays and minimizing scarring," said Dr. Licata. "I am pleased that Trinity Health System is continuing to lead the way, offering the most advanced minimally invasive surgery."

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PERFORMS SINGLE-SITE PROCEDURE — Trinity Health System general surgeon Dr. Samuel Licata performed the first da Vinci Single-Site cholecystectomy on Wednesday. -- Contributed

More than 1 million people in the United States have their gallbladder removed each year, most performed with traditional laparoscopy using several incisions. Using the da Vinci robotic system, Licata, removed the gallbladder through an incision of roughly one inch.

Fred Brower, president and CEO of Trinity Health System, said, "With da Vinci Single-Site, there is a convergence of new technologies and advanced skills by surgeons who want to be utilizing the most innovative surgical procedures to have the best outcomes for patients."

Potential benefits of single-site gallbladder surgery include virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour and is considered an outpatient procedure.

During the procedure the surgeon sits comfortably 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 new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are inserted and the diseased gallbladder is removed.

According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders, and most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single incision surgery.

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