Surgery Performed by Darshan Thakkar, MD, FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons)
Brandon, Florida (October 29, 2012) – Brandon Regional Hospital recently performed its first single-site incision robotic surgery procedure to remove a gall bladder. Thanks to the latest break-through in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery techniques, patients can now have their gall bladder removed in about the same amount of time as a lunch break, and be home in time for dinner with minimal discomfort and considerably less scarring (virtually non-visible). The surgery can be performed in less than one hour with a typical hospital stay of four to six hours. Darshan Thakkar, MD, FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) is among an elite group of surgeons in the United States to perform a robotic assisted cholecystectomy, also called gall bladder removal surgery, using a single incision through the belly button.
Conventional laparoscopic surgery, invented in 1985, typically requires four small incisions in order to perform the procedure. “Using single-site robotic assistance gall bladder surgery means we have to make one incision that is no smaller than an inch in length to successfully perform this procedure,” said Dr. Thakkar. “The advantages include minimal scarring, less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.” Dr. Thakkar says that a particular advantage is that the robot at Brandon Regional Hospital has an HD 3D camera and there is a panoramic zoom so it enlarges pictures very well. If you inject dye into the patient, you can see all of the bile ducts very well. This is a concern of many surgeons. Many times, when dye is injected, the bile ducts are not clear.
Each year about one million patients in the United States will undergo gall bladder removal surgery and 40% are women, ages 18-44. In the Tampa Bay area alone there were nearly 9,722 gall bladder removal surgeries performed in 2010. “Providing our patients with minimally invasive surgical procedures that utilize state-of-the-art equipment like the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System underscores our commitment to quality patient care while enhancing patient safety,” said Bland Eng, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Regional Hospital. “Having minimally invasive Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) along with more traditional “open” operations enables us to provide our patients with the safest and most advanced surgical techniques available today,” he added. Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of the daVinci® Surgical System, received FDA approval in December 2011 for single-site advanced cholecystectomy procedures.
Kristi Kimball was the first patient to have this surgery at Brandon Regional Hospital. Her comment less than three days after says it all, “I had one small incision with very little bruising. I am not in a lot of pain and I’m already back to cooking dinner.”
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:
· The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· The three star award for excellence in cardiac surgery – the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
· Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
· The Bariatric Center of Excellence award by the American Society of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
· The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
In addition, BRH has enhanced its services this year with the addition of:
· The newly renovated and expanded Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, which includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and new in-patient rooms for gynecology and anti-partum patients.
· The Reflux Center, which has developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease by combining highly skilled physicians and the latest technology to provide effective solutions.
· The newly renovated Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
· The Neuroscience Center and Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.
Brandon Regional Hospital has recently initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.