Rockford Health System touts area’s first single-site gallbladder surgery

Online Staff Report

Rockford Health System is the first hospital in the region to perform a single-site cholecystectomy.

Dr. Michael McCarthy, D.O., from Surgical Associates-Northern Illinois, used daVinci robotic technology to remove the patient’s gallbladder through a tiny incision at the belly button. The naval is then reformed, making this a virtually scarless procedure.

Traditional laparoscopy gallbladder surgery involves four incision points. Using a single incision site leads to less pain, less blood loss, faster recover and a shorter hospital stay.

The surgery took place Friday, May 31, and lasted just more than one hour.

Gallbladder disease affects more than 20 million Americans. It is more common in women, Native Americans, Hispanics, the obese and people older than 40.

Since launching the daVinci program in 2007, Rockford Health System has completed more than 1,000 robotic cases, those include urology, general surgery, gynecology, and ear, nose and throat.

Posted June 21, 2013

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