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Northside Hospital-Cherokee Hosts It’s First Single-Incision Robotic Surgery

Posted on: September 26, 2012


Northside Hospital-Cherokee has advanced its robotic surgery services with the implementation of Single-Site™ surgery, using the da Vinci® Surgical System.  The first procedure, an outpatient cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), was performed Aug. 23 by Michael Williams, M.D., general surgeon, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.  Only a handful of hospitals in Georgia have performed this minimally invasive technique.

“At Northside Hospital-Cherokee, we aim to provide the latest in state-of-the-art and minimally invasive surgery procedures to offer better outcomes for our patients,” says Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.  “We are excited about this latest evolution of our robotic surgery program.”

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 (single incision) 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 technology allows me to provide my patients with procedures equivalent to traditional multiple-incision surgery, but with the advantage of 3D and HD visualization of the surgical site, and the precision and versatility afforded by robotic instrumentation,” said Dr. Williams.

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.  Dr. Williams’ patient on Aug. 23 reported minimal pain and required pain medication for only one day after surgery.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee began using robotic technology in 2007, joining Northside Hospital-Atlanta, which performed its first robotic surgery in 2005, and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in 2008.  Georgia’s first Single-Site™ surgery, using the da Vinci® Surgical System, was performed at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in February 2012.  The hospital continues to lead the way in robotic surgery, performing more robotic procedures than any other hospital in the Southeast.

Although Single-Site robotic surgery is currently only approved for cholecystectomy, surgeons are actively using robotic technology to perform procedures across a wide range of specialties.  Many of the surgeons on staff at Northside are pioneers in laparoscopic surgery and are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in minimally invasive techniques, like robotic surgery and single incision.

“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-Cherokee,” said Vicki Barnett, RN, director of surgical services, Northside Hospital.  “The achievement highlights the innovative expertise of the general surgeons at Northside Hospital.”

Surgeons at all three of Northside’s hospitals are currently performing a variety of robotic and single-incision procedures. 

Read more about Northside Hospital's Advanced Robotic Surgery Program.

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