Frederick Tiesenga, MD, has done more than 400 gallbladder surgeries in his years as a surgeon. The one he completes Friday, Sept. 7, however, will mark his first using the da Vinci ® Si robot and the first robotic surgery performed at West Suburban Medical Center – and the hospital will live-Tweet the entire procedure. The single-site advanced cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder) using robotics was only recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
“While robotic surgery and single-incision surgery are not new, combining the two to remove the gallbladder allows for this paradigm shift,” says Dr. Tiesenga, Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at West Suburban Medical Center. “Not only is the robot changing the way we do surgery, enabling us to see and operate on the human body in more detail than ever before, but Twitter enables people to literally witness surgery as they never have before.”
Friday’s procedure will begin at 6:30 a.m., with Dr. Tiesenga conducting the surgery from a console in the Operating Room. The patient is 61-year-old Oak Park resident Mary Goode, who has five stones in her gallbladder. Gallstones, which can be as large as a golf ball or as small as a grain of sand, are the most common blockage of the gallbladder, a pear-shaped organ under the liver that helps digest fat. Overall, gallbladder disease affects 10 to 15 percent of people in the United States.
Thinking she had an ulcer, Goode lived with abdominal pain and cramping for nearly two months before consulting her primary care physician. Her doctor referred her to Ashish Arora, MD, a gastroenterologist on staff at West Suburban Medical Center who diagnosed Goode with gallstones using MRI scans.
Goode’s outpatient surgery will last about 45 minutes and remove her entire gallbladder, but will leave her with no visible scarring. Even laparoscopic surgery would result in four small incisions, but with this new robotic single-incision technique, Dr. Tiesenga will make only one, 2.5 cm. incision in Good’s belly button. Goode should experience less pain and a faster recovery than with standard surgery and should be able to return home the same day.
Goode’s surgery will be the first robotic surgery performed at West Suburban Medical Center and the third surgery that WSMC has live-Tweeted from the Operating Room. Past live-Tweeted surgeries include a rare hybrid surgery using single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) with transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) performed by Dr. Tiesenga on June 5, and a bilateral total hip replacement using the new, minimally invasive anterior approach performed by Kris Alden, MD, Medical Director of the WSMC Joint Center of Excellence, on August 6.
To follow the surgery, which will include photo and video tweets, visit Twitter.com/WestSuburbanMC this Fri., Sept. 7 beginning at 6:30 a.m.