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2013 Press Releases


New Single-Incision Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Offers Nearly Scarless Results

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Introduces Advanced Procedure to Treat Gallbladder Disease-

Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS, Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, performs Single-Site da Vinci ® gallbladder removal surgery.

(Englewood, NJ, May 7, 2013) – Patients facing gallbladder removal surgery now have access to a revolutionary procedure at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where its new single-incision robotic system is delivering virtually scarless results.

Englewood Hospital is among a select group of hospitals performing Single-Site da Vinci ® gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), which can be done in a single, one-inch incision deep in the patient’s navel. The surgery can be performed in about one hour without an overnight hospital stay.

This advancement in minimally invasive robotic surgery continues to offer patients the traditional benefits of better outcomes, less pain and a faster recovery with the added benefits of a barely visible scar and fewer incisions.

“Unlike standard laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery, which is performed through three or four incisions, single-site robotic cholecystectomy is done through a single one-inch incision hidden in the belly button,” explained Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS, Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “The scar is nearly invisible and patients are thrilled with the overall experience and recovery.”

Gallbladder removal surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and predominantly affects women between the ages of 18 and 44. The single-site technology for gallbladder removal surgery received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 and is used as an enhancement to Englewood Hospital’s da Vinci® Si HD robotic surgery services.

“This new method is ultimately going to advance our ability to treat patients with gallbladder disease and will help to improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Damani.

Michael T. Harris, MD, Chief of Surgery and Surgical Services at Englewood Hospital, says he is excited to see what the future holds for this and other single-site procedures. The FDA recently approved the technique for hysterectomy and there are multiple other applications in development or awaiting FDA approval, including colon resection and obesity-related surgery.

“This is the future of robotic surgery and the possibilities are endless,” explained Dr. Harris. “We are pleased to be among a select group of progressive hospitals to offer this new procedure to patients, as part of our promise to deliver the most advanced, high-quality care available.”

For more information about single-site gallbladder removal surgery, call 1-866-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com, click the “Medical Services” tab and select “Robotic Surgery.”

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.