One Small Incision, One Fast Recovery

single port gallBladder  Procedure performed by  manatee memorial hospital surgeons

Manatee Memorial Hospital has achieved distinction as being the first hospital in Manatee County to perform a single incision gallbladder removal.

surgeonsBy reducing the number of incisions to just one, surgeons at Manatee Memorial Hospital performed the minimally invasive procedure, removing an entire gallbladder through a single, small incision in the patient’s navel. These procedures are now performed by Stelios Rekkas, MD, Jose Erbella, MD and Jose Estigarribia, MD, using the robotic da Vinci® Surgery System.

Fewer sutures, no visible scars

“When compared to traditional surgery, single port/single incision surgeries are just as effective — but without the lengthy recovery time or pain,” says Dr. Rekkas.

When the surgeons began performing the single incision procedure, “it was eye-opening for everyone, because it makes you think more about every other surgery you perform, and the number of incisions you use,” says Dr. Erbella.

What really caught everyone’s attention was the patient only needed Tylenol® for pain after single incision surgery. “It really dawned on us from a pain management perspective, and the incision, which is hidden in the belly button, was pristine and had healed completely within two weeks,” says Dr. Estigarribia.

Single-Port vs. Laparoscopic Surgery

In traditional laparoscopic surgery, doctors make multiple “keyhole” incisions — usually three or four — in different sites on the body through which a specialized camera and surgical instruments are inserted.

The method represented a clinical breakthrough when it came on the scene nearly 20 years ago, providing the first alternative to the long open incisions normally associated with surgery. Patients still had to recover, however, from these multiple small incisions, and deal with the cosmetic issue of multiple scars.

With single-port laparoscopic surgery, only one small incision — about 1 to 3 centimeters in length — is made through the navel, with all instruments passing through that opening.

The benefits for patients are substantial. Cosmetically, the single-port approach is a major advance, as it leaves the patient with virtually no visible scar. A single incision also means less postoperative pain, a reduced risk of wound infection and a quicker recovery time.

couple on bikePreventing Gallstones

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. People who experience symptoms from their gallstones usually require gallbladder removal surgery. While there is no sure way to prevent gallstones, you can reduce your risk.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, do so slowly and sensibly. Aim for a weight loss of only 1 to 1.5 pounds per week.
  • Eat sensibly. Stick to a high-fiber, low-fat diet that includes calcium from milk products and green, leafy vegetables. Avoid saturated (animal) fat and foods high in cholesterol.
  • Exercise regularly. Along with eating a low-fat diet, exercise is also an effective way to help you stay close to a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels
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Procedures performed through
single incision / Single Port
  • Colon Resection
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
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One Small Incision
One Fast Recovery
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