Dr. Mark Eaton owns the distinction of performing the first ever da Vinci "Single-Site" procedure in Southern Oregon, according to Asante. Last Friday, a patient’s gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision of approximately one inch in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.
The innovation represents a big change from the day when gallbladder removal meant multiple incisions and visible permanent scarring. “Single-Site robotic surgery is the next step in the evolution of minimally invasive surgical technology,” Dr. Eaton says. “We are truly excited to offer this option to our patients.”
Potential benefits of Single-Site surgery may 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 with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
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 to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system becomes the surgeon's hands, wrists and fingers for precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.
Other surgeons at Oregon Surgical Specialists who will be performing robotically assisted surgeries are David Traul, MD, Juan Castillo, MD, and Nancy O'Neal, MD.