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Minimally invasive surgery just got even more minimally invasive. Combining the use of robotic-assisted surgery and a single incision now makes removing the gallbladder a procedure that leaves virtually no visible sign of a scar. For the first time in the Memphis area, Dr. Mark Miller, chief of surgery at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, recently combined these two techniques during surgery at the hospital.
“It is important to stay up-to-date with the latest surgical techniques so that I can offer my patients the latest technology and the best surgical experience,” explains Dr. Miller.
Rather than three tiny incisions, now just one small incision about an inch long is made in the belly button through which the gallbladder is removed. The surgery leaves virtually no scar.
“I was thankful that I only had one incision,” said Linda Jackson. “After my father had cancer of the bile duct and having lost my step-father to pancreatic cancer, I was also thankful for the clarity the robotic surgery provides the physician. If I had any compromise in this area, it was reassuring that the surgeon would clearly be able to see any issues.”
“This is an elegant way of operating,” said Dr. Miller. “It’s hi-tech. While operating, I have a very clear view of the pathology that I am operating on. The 3-D clarity makes performing the procedure much safer.”
Minimally invasive surgery means less pain and a faster recovery for the patient. Jackson was able to drive within a few days and was back to work the following week. Best of all, she doesn’t have a scar.