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CANANDAIGUA – Thompson Hospital recently became the first in the Finger Lakes to offer single-site gallbladder surgery, performed with the breakthrough technology offered by the da Vinci ® Surgical System.

“With gallbladder disease affecting a significant percentage of our population and gallbladder removals one of the most common surgeries performed, Thompson is pleased to be able to offer this minimally-invasive option to our patients,” says Thompson Health President/CEO Michael F. Stapleton, Jr.

The operation is the latest made possible with the da Vinci ® Surgical System acquired by Thompson Health in 2012. This robotic system was already in use at Thompson for gynecological, urological and colorectal procedures.

Dr. A. David Peter, a board-certified general surgeon with the Canandaigua Medical Group and member of Thompson’s medical staff, underwent specialized da Vinci training for the single-site gallbladder removals.

These surgeries, which involve a small incision in the navel, allow Peter to utilize 3D, high-definition visualization and to make smaller, more precise movements. Potential benefits include minimal pain, a quick recovery and high satisfaction among patients, who are left virtually scar-free.

“It’s nearly invisible because it’s hidden within the belly button,” says Peter.

According to Peter, the more conventional laparoscopic gallbladder removal – which involves four small incisions – is still an excellent option for many patients. In addition, he notes, not all patients are candidates for single-site gallbladder removal.

If you are facing gallbladder surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. For details on da Vinci surgery at Thompson – including videos and patient testimonials – visit http://davincisurgery.thompsonhealth.com/.

Click on the “General Surgery” tab for information about gallbladder removal.

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