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Gallbladder Removal Program Utilizes Surgical Robotics
Kent Hospital has announced its new Robotic Cholecystectomy Program. Specifically, this program uses the da Vinci® Si system, a robotic, minimally invasive platform for gallbladder removal. Kent is the only hospital in the state to currently offer patients this surgical option.

For years, surgeons have turned to traditional laparoscopic tools for gallbladder removal, proving to be challenging with limitations in the range of motion of surgical instruments, quality of vision and providing optimal comfort to the patient. This new platform for gallbladder removal is designed to resolve these limitations, resulting in a smaller incision, making for a more comfortable outcome with less scarring.

"The addition of surgical robotics, specifically Kent's Robotic Cholecystectomy Program, greatly enhances Care New England's overall surgery program as it continues to provide more options, and is especially beneficial to the patients we serve," said Sandra L. Coletta, COO Care New England, president and CEO of Kent Hospital. "Surgical robotics provides patients a less invasive surgical procedure, meaning a quicker recovery time and the advantage of getting back to normal activity sooner."

The da Vinci® Si system, allows surgeons to operate through a minimally invasive manner either through a single site or a few small incisions. Further, the surgeon is provided a magnified 3D high-definition vision system which can be enhanced by Firefly, a near-infrared technology that illuminates the surgical site. Through tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist, the surgeon is able to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

"The use of advanced robotic surgery for gallbladder removal results in excellent surgical outcomes for the patient," said Joseph Brady, MD, general surgeon at Kent Hospital. "The surgeon is 100-percent in control of the da Vinci® Si system, which translates hand movements into smaller and more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Also, removing the gallbladder through a single small incision in the belly button, results in minimal scarring."

Care New England's surgery program offers patients of southeastern New England a comprehensive array of surgical services, including cutting-edge robotic surgery at Kent and Women & Infants hospitals, a minimally-invasive surgery center of excellence at Women & Infants, a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center at Kent and a general and specialty surgery facility for all ages at Memorial Hospital.

For more information on the da Vinci® Si system for gallbladder surgery at Kent, please call (401) 737-9950.To learn more about Care New England's surgery program, please visit, www.carenewengland.org/surgery.

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