New Technology Offers Surgery Without Scars
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- scarring, complications, and painful recovery are just some of the risks commonly associated with surgery. But a new procedure is changing the game, with new technology making it possible.
With the help of robotics, some surgeries can now be performed through your belly button.
After years of pain Kimberly Powell discovered she needed a hysterectomy. The procedure traditionally involves an incision across the belly several inches long, but Dr. Anthony Agrios presented her with another option called single-site surgery.
"With single site surgery we can do a form of laparoscopy where we make a small incision about the size of a quarter, put all the instruments through there, and it allows us to take an operation with very fine control of these instruments through just a single small hole," he says.
In this case, the single small hole was Powell's belly button, leaving a virtually undetectable scar.
Powell's hysterectomy along with another patient's gall bladder removal were the first single site procedures performed here in the Gainesville community at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Using the hospital's DaVinci robot, doctors are able to remotely control precision instruments all inserted through the small incision. This process has a huge impact on the patient.
"Most of the recovery from a surgery isn't from the organ that's operated on internally, most of it's from the skin and muscle layers that's where a lot of the nerve supply is, muscle spasm after surgery causes a lot of pain, and it really slows down the recovery. so the fewer and smaller the incisions, the better the recovery turns out to be."
Powell says for her, the surgery couldn't have been easier.
"It was painful the first day or two, of course," she says, "After that it just started getting better and better, and within two weeks I was back to work."
Currently these are the only two procedures available as this type of single site surgery, but Dr. Agrios says clinical trials are investigating the procedure for kidney and bladder sugeries as well.
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