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Robotic Surgery Enhances Gall Bladder and Hernia Cases

Physician Connection

Fall 2012

Dr. Richardson, who joined the Rochester General Hospital surgical staff in 2006, is the only general surgeon in the Rochester area currently using the DaVinci robotic surgical platform to perform gall bladder and hernia procedures.

Each procedure offers a unique advantage over non-robotic surgical practices. The gall bladder procedure, for instance, requires only a single two-centimeter incision at the umbilicus. And the robotic hernia procedure allows for synthetic mesh to be sewn in place without the use of a tacker that can result in significant postoperative discomfort.

These procedural differences magnify the traditional benefits associated with minimally invasive robotic surgery: reduced pain, shorter recovery periods, and a lower risk of complications due to smaller surgical sites and less time spent under anesthesia.

RGHS performed its 5,000th robotic procedure earlier this year and recently added a robotic platform at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, for a total of three now in use within the health system.

For more information about robotic surgical services at Rochester General Health System, visit www.rochestergeneral.org.