WASHINGTON (JCHAYWARD.com) — Washington Adventist Hospital made history on Friday, September 7, when it became the first hospital in Montgomery County to perform single-site robotic surgery.
What is single-site robotic surgery? It’s a new operating platform, which allows specially trained surgeons to perform complex operations with a robot who translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into real-time movements or surgical instruments.
The Washington Adventist Hospital’s surgical team used this single-site robotic surgery, da Vinci robotic single-site operation, to remove a patient’s gallbladder through a single, one-inch incision through the belly button. The surgery was called cholecystectomy, and is currently the only operation performed with single-site instruments.
This innovative technology is the wave of the future and is a major breakthrough in medicine as it makes for an easier recovery for patients with less scaring and pain because of smaller incisions.