Date: 3/20/2012

Community Surgeons 1st in IN to perform Single-Incision Procedure with daVinci

With the aid of advanced robotic technology, Community Hospital in Munster has become the first hospital in the state of Indiana as of Friday, March 16, 2012 to perform single-incision surgery to remove the gallbladder of a patient. There are only a few select hospitals in the nation currently using the da Vinci® robot to perform this procedure.

“To be the first hospital in the state of Indiana to offer this technically advanced surgical option demonstrates Community Hospital’s commitment and leadership in providing patients with the latest in minimally invasive surgeries,” said Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Don Fesko. “Typically this surgery has been done with three or four smaller incisions, but with the newest version of the da Vinci Si® Robotic Surgical System our specially trained surgeons are able to perform the same procedure with a single incision in the belly button.”

There are only about 40 surgeons across the country who have completed the specialized training required to perform this particular surgery and two of those doctors - Russell Pellar, M.D. and Nabil Shabeeb, M.D. — are on staff at Community Hospital.

Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at Community Hospital M. Nabil Shabeeb, M.D. has performed the procedure on two patients using the FDA-approved technique. During both surgeries, he was assisted by Community Hospital’s surgical team. Each of the patients’ gallbladders were removed in about an hour through a one-inch incision made in the navel. The typical subsequent hospital stay is about two hours.

With the da Vinci system upgrade, surgeons are able to perform medical procedures that are usually done laparoscopically with greater accuracy and fewer complications, including less pain and blood loss, and a shorter recovery time.

“When da Vinci was first introduced in August of 2006, Community Hospital was the first hospital in Northwest Indiana and one of only three in the state to offer this advanced technology,” said Fesko. “Our surgeons primarily used it for prostate cancer procedures and as its use has expanded to many other minimally invasive procedures; they subsequently have become among the most experienced physicians you’ll find in the nation with da Vinci robotics,” Fesko said.

During the past five years, the use of robot technology has expanded and is now being utilized with other medical specialties, including gynecology, oncology, urology, advanced laparoscopic and general surgeries and the list continues to grow.

The new da Vinci Si Surgical System is enabling surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision using:

• An enhanced 3D, high-definition camera with up to 10x magnification
• New optional dual console allowing a second surgeon to assist
• Surgical dexterity and precision with EndoWrist® instrumentation that surpasses the human hand
• Simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
• New settings for greater surgeon comfort

During a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon sits at a console viewing 3-D, high-definition images while using the controls below the display to manipulate the robotic arms equipped with surgical instruments. The robotic system interprets and converts the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient.

While traditional robotic surgery requires three or four small incisions for access ports for the robot’s arms, the new version of the technology requires just a single incision into the belly button where all instruments are placed and the gallbladder is removed.

“The use of robots in the operating room, with 3-D visual enhancement and multi-ranged motion and maneuverability, provide us with greater precision than ever before,” said M. Nabil Shabeeb, M.D., Community Hospital Medical Director of Robotic Surgery. “It benefits our patients with a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and strengthens and enhances Community Hospital’s ongoing commitment to provide them with the best medical care possible,” he said.

For more information on Community Healthcare System surgeons who offer the new da Vinci Si Surgical System, call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.

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