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Chippenham Hospital Leads Richmond Area with Most Single-Incision Gallbladder Removals Robotic-assisted procedure leaves patients virtually scarless

April 11, 2014

Richmond, Va. (March 27, 2014) – HCA Virginia's Chippenham Hospital has completed more than 240 da Vinci robotic single-site gallbladder removal surgeries for the treatment of patients experiencing gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.

This is the Richmond area's highest number of single-site cholecystectomies, which have been performed by Venkat Santosh, M.D., and Brian Smith, M.D., of Surgical Associates of Richmond and Chippenham Hospital.

"We believe that the new features of the da Vinci robot will help us provide the best possible outcomes and benefit overall patient care when surgeries are performed," said Santosh.

During a da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy, a patient's gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, approximately one inch, making the procedure virtually scarless. Additional benefits include minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

Gallbladder disease affects 10-15 percent of adults in the United States and Europe. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.

More than 1 million people in the United States have their gallbladder removed each year. Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic-assisted, single-incision surgery.

"We are proud to lead the way in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options," said Smith.

About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 4 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, one freestanding emergency room, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors' and Spotsylvania Regional.

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