Incisions Smaller Than Width Of Fingernail Possible With Holston
Valley's Single-Site Da Vinci
Surgeons at Holston Valley Medical Center continue to perform
operations with their usual skill and care — now with incisions sometimes
smaller than the width of a fingernail.
That is possible with the hospital’s new single-site surgery
with the da Vinci Surgical System. First offered in March,
single-site surgery requires only one small incision of less than an inch
through a patient’s navel.
Holston Valley currently uses the single-site technology to
remove gallbladders and parts of kidneys and bladders. In the future, the
hospital’s surgeons hope to use it for appendectomies and certain colon
surgeries as well.
“Single-site surgery has the potential to be a real
game-changer for our patients," said Dr. Mark Kadowaki, a surgeon with Wellmont Medical Associates Surgery. "It’s a forerunner to even safer, less
invasive surgeries in the future.”
Benefits of da Vinci surgery include reduced time in the
operating room, which means less anesthesia. Additionally, the small incision
site lowers a patient’s risk of infection, and patients who undergo surgery
with da Vinci are back on their feet within hours or days.
“We’re thrilled to provide this service to our patients as
part of the comprehensive, high-quality care we deliver every day,” said
Virginia Frank, Holston Valley’s president. “As Kingsport’s flagship hospital,
we are at the forefront of technology and new treatments so our patients can
heal faster and return to their families, friends and work sooner.”
Holston Valley’s da Vinci system includes a high-powered,
three-dimensional camera, allowing surgeons a better view of the surgery field.
It features multiple robotic arms, controlled by a surgeon, such as Dr.
Kadowaki, at a nearby console.
The system can be used to perform complex and delicate
procedures with great accuracy while requiring smaller incisions. These include
removal of cancers of the prostate, kidney and bladder; hysterectomies; and
treatment of other benign and malignant gynecological conditions.
Holston Valley acquired the da Vinci with generous donations
from many philanthropic companies and individuals to Wellmont Foundation.
To learn more about da Vinci and Wellmont’s other surgical
services and ways to support Holston Valley, please visit www.wellmont.org.