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Jackson Clinic Doctor First in State to Perform Robotic Small Incision Gallbladder Removal

By: Jordan Buie, The Jackson Sun

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has used advanced technology to reach another breakthrough in medical science.

A surgeon at the hospital recently performed the first small-incision gallbladder removal with a da Vinci surgical robot in the state. The robot consists of tiny hypersensitive surgical tools that are controlled manually by a surgeon. The surgeon operates the robot by looking at a 3D image of the insides of a patient.

Hospital representatives said that with the robot, surgeons can work through single, small incisions, which causes less scarring and allow patients to recover faster.

Marty Fordham, vice president of hospital services, said the hospital has always tried to offer patients top-quality care by staying on top of the latest technological advances in medicine and that the da Vinci robot allows the hospital to offer some of the best service around.

“We are so excited to be the first hospital in the state to use da Vinci robotic surgery to reduce the number of incisions from four to one to remove a patient’s gallbladder,” Fordham said. “This single-incision procedure enters the abdomen through the belly button, potentially leaves no visible scars and usually allows the patient to be home in a few hours. This is a very positive development for our patients and another choice to offer them, along with other minimally invasive procedures.”

General surgeon Harvey Harmon with the Jackson Clinic and general surgeon Daniel Day with Jackson Surgical Associates were among the first at the hospital to receive special training to perform this new procedure, according to a news release.

According to data from the hospital, about 1 million people in the U.S. will undergo gallbladder removal each year, and more than 40 percent of these patients are women ages 18 to 44.

Fordham said that the evolution of surgical instruments and advancements in robotic technology will allow for less-invasive surgeries in the fields of urological, gynecological and cardiovascular surgery as well.

He said that the hospital’s surgeons have championed the technology by dedicated themselves to the training, and he said that is what is necessary to make the use of the robot effective.

The hospital recently celebrated a milestone of more than 1,000 robotic surgeries.