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April 16, 2012

Manu Nanda, M.D. Removes Gallbladder through One Tiny Belly Button Incision

St. Petersburg, FL – A surgical team at St Petersburg General Hospital performed their first Single Site Cholecystectomy today.  The patient’s gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.

 Performed and led by Dr. Manu Nanda, the minimally invasive procedure used robotic assistance to remove the gallbladder through an incision of approximately one inch.  Two single-site gall bladder procedures were performed today and the typical hospital stay will be less than 24 hours. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized single-site instruments for use with the robotic surgical system in December 2011.

"Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment," says Dr. Nanda.   "To be the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates the commitment to provide patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options available."

Dr. Manu Nanda and Robotic Coordinator, Lisa Buchianico P.A., were trained for this specific procedure in March at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Most are performed with traditional laparoscopy using several incisions.  Robotic surgeries typically require three to five small incisions and now, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button.

St Petersburg General Hospital is a forerunner in this community in the utilization of robotic technology since 2008 and in March 2011, was the first in Tampa Bay to purchase the most technologically advanced robotic technology, the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system and training simulator.  St Petersburg General Hospital is 1 of 25 designated GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenters in the nation and trains many physicians from around the country on minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery in several specialties. 

“Single Site instruments used with the robotic platform are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies,” said Robert B. Conroy, CEO of St Petersburg General Hospital.  “Our robotic surgery team was the first in Tampa Bay to have the newest Si System and now as the first to utilize Single-Site surgery, we are well positioned as the leader in the surgical treatments of tomorrow.”

St Petersburg General Hospital offers various types of robotic-assisted surgeries.   In addition to gallbladder removal, St Petersburg General Hospital surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in gynecology, gynecologic oncology and urology.  St Petersburg General Hospital also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.

For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at St Petersburg General Hospital, call 727-341-4842.


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