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The surgical team at Newton Medical Center has an accomplishment to report — a new surgery performed with the help of the da Vinci robotic system at the hospital.

The surgical team performed their first da Vinci Single-Site Cholecystectomy this month. A patient's gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.


"Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment," Dr. McConeghey said. "To be one of the first hospitals to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Newton Medical Center's leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options."

Led by John McConeghey, M.D., the team removed the gallbladder using Single-Site instruments on a da Vinci System. Using robotic assistance, surgeons removed the gallbladder through an incision about one inch long.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci System in December 2011. da Vinci is a robotic surgical system used in complex surgery.

Dr. McConeghey is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the surgery.

"Single-Site instruments used with the da Vinci platform are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies," Dr. McConeghey said. "We are truly excited to be a leader today in the surgical treatment of tomorrow."

Potential benefits of Single-Site gallbladder 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 at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient's anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move robotic arms and cameras.