Sebastian River Medical Center Performs First Surgery On The Treasure Coast Using Robotic Single Site Incision Technique

August 1, 2012

Sebastian, FL – Each year, about one million people in the United States will undergo gallbladder removal surgery and 40% of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Due to a breakthrough development in robotic-assisted surgery, many of these patients can now opt to have their gallbladder removed in the same amount of time it takes to have lunch, and then be home in time for dinner with minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scar. It’s 2012 and minimally invasive surgery has taken yet another step into the future.

On Wednesday, August 1, Edward Murphy, MD, a general surgeon, was the first surgeon on the Treasure Coast to perform a robotic-assisted cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) using single site technology through the belly button. Sebastian River Medical Center is the first hospital in Indian River County to offer this groundbreaking surgery that is made possible through a new FDA-approved single-site advancement to the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

“I think this is only the beginning; this is going to change general surgery forever as we expand the use of this tool for more procedures,” said Dr. Murphy. “The robotic system gives me the ability to not only operate through one small incision and through a natural body opening like the umbilicus, but it gives me the precision and 3D HD vision system to enhance surgical capabilities.”

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform for the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System specifically for cholecystectomy procedures, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from 4- 6 small incisions to one incision that is less than an inch in length.

Surgeons at Sebastian River Medical Center utilize minimally invasive robotic surgery approaches for urological, gynecological, thoracic and general surgical procedures. Sebastian River Medical Center acquired the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System in 2011.

“Patient care continues to be our highest priority,” said Steven Salyer, Chief Executive Officer at Sebastian River Medical Center, “and we are proud of our surgical team and surgeons that have gone above and beyond. To be the first hospital in this area to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Sebastian River Medical Center's leadership in providing patients with the latest, minimally invasive surgical options.”

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