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Published on March 29, 2012

Mercy Medical Center among first in Iowa to offer Single-Site da Vinci robotic surgery

da Vinci Single-SiteMercy Medical Center is the first hospital in eastern Iowa with the technology in place to offer patients a single incision gall bladder removal utilizing da Vinci robotic surgery. This advanced surgical technique was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making Mercy among the first sites nationwide to offer this technology.

"This new da Vinci platform will allow surgeons to make a minimally invasive surgery even less invasive," said Dr. Mark Valliere, Chief Medical Officer at Mercy. "The Single-Site da Vinci robotic platform is the next step in the natural progression of surgical technologies, and we are excited to be a leader today in the surgical platforms of the future."

Each year, about one million people in the United States undergo gallbladder removal surgery. This latest breakthrough in robotic-assisted surgery means patients can now have their gallbladder removed in about 60 minutes and usually return home the same day with minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scar.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA approval on the new operating platform specifically for cholecystectomy procedures, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The da Vinci surgical system provides surgeons with increased dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision for the procedure. It also reduces the traditional number of incisions from four, down to one incision that is less than an inch in length. The incision is made through a single site – the patient’s belly button.

Mercy Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the state and one of only about 20 sites in the country now scheduling patients for this groundbreaking surgery. With the new technology in place, Mercy is poised to expand the types of single-site surgeries it can offer in the future. This new da Vinci platform will become available to the rest of the country over the coming months.

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