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St. Joseph's Hospital Expands Advanced Center for Robotic Surgery in Tampa, Adds Single Site Surgery for Gallbladder Removal
Date:10/29/2012

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most comprehensive robotic surgery program in the Tampa Bay area now offers the latest in minimally-invasive procedures: the ability to remove a gallbladder through just one small incision in the bellybutton.

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Dr. David F. Echevarria performed the first single site robotic cholecystectomy  (gallbladder removal) last week at St. Joseph's Hospital's Advanced Center for Robotic Surgery.  This is the latest milestone for the program that pioneered robotic-assisted surgery in Tampa in 2002.

"Our goal is get patients back to their normal lives as safely and quickly as possible," Dr. Echevarria said. "With this technique, patients are in and out of the hospital the same day.  Patients generally experience less pain, minimal scaring and a faster return to work and other daily activities."    

There was a time when gallbladder surgery brought an unsettling picture to the mind: a huge, diagonal scar just below the ribcage.  In the 1990s, advancement of laparoscopic surgery offered patients benefits of minimally invasive surgery, including less scarring and reduced pain.  Today, single site robotic cholecystectomy takes this procedure to a whole new level.

"With the Single-Site da Vinci®Surgery, we only have to make one incision about two centimeters long at the navel.  Through the small opening, we insert a tiny robotic camera and flexible working instruments," Dr. Echevarria said. "The camera provides high-definition, three-dimen
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