The Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus is the first hospital
in the southeast Georgia region to offer single-incision cholecystectomy
surgeries using the daVinci Robotic Surgery System®. The procedure
was performed on December 16, 2013, by Stephen Kitchen, MD, FACS, a board-certified
general surgeon, using a single incision through the belly button.
In the past month, Kitchen has performed several more single-incision cholecystectomy
procedures, or removal of the gallbladder. Using the daVinci, the procedure
is done in a single one-inch incision, rather than three to four small
incisions, delivering virtually scarless results.
"We take great pride in our ability to deliver advanced, high quality
care to our community," says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president &
CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. "Minimally invasive daVinci
surgery offers patients better outcomes and we are excited to add this
procedure to our robotic surgery program."
Kitchen, who has performed hundreds of single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomies
at Southeast Georgia Health System, said he became interested in using
the daVinci when the surgical platform that enables a single incision
became available. Now, patients can experience the benefits of both single-incision
surgery and those offered by the daVinci, which includes less post-operative
pain, faster healing and almost no visible scar.
"For the patient, the primary advantage of single-incision cholecystectomy
using the daVinci is a more gentle surgery because the instrumentation
has been designed so that less pressure is applied to the tissue,"
explains Kitchen. "This translates to less pain at the incision site,
and several patients have told me that their pain is so minimal that they
are not filling their pain prescriptions."
For the surgeon, the daVinci also offers more dexterity of the surgical
instruments and much better visualization of the surgical site. "The
visualization that the 3D and HD technology provides is just incredible,"
In 2011, Southeast Georgia Health System became one of the first in the
southeast Georgia region to acquire the daVinci Robotic Surgery System.
Surgeons initially used daVinci for gynecological procedures, including
hysterectomies; removal of fibroids, ovarian cysts and masses; treatment
of pelvic organ prolapse; and some types of gynecologic cancer. In 2013,
the program was broadened to include prostate and gallbladder procedures.
For more information about the daVinci Robotic Surgery System at Southeast
Georgia Health System, visit sghs.org/davinci.