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Legacy Good Samaritan Performs Oregon and SW Washington’s First Robotic Single-Incision Surgery

Portland, Ore.-Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center announced today Daniel Tseng, M.D. has completed Oregon and SW Washington's first robotic single-port-also known as single-incision-removal of a gallbladder (cholecystectomy).  Operative time for robotic single-incision surgery is just between 20 - 30 minutes and leaves the patient with just a single two-centimeter incision.  Laparoscopic surgery, which is more common practice, takes approximately an hour and a half to complete and leaves patients with multiple incisions. Single-site entry is a much quicker and less invasive procedure, which cuts down on pain, infections, surgery and recovery time.

"Single-incision surgery will revolutionize the way we do surgery and could very well become routine in the near future," said Daniel Tseng, M .D.  "What this means for our patients is that they can get back on their feet and back to their daily lives after just two weeks instead of two months."

During surgery, all instruments are placed through a specially designed access port that only requires a two-centimeter incision.  Robotic cameras utilize three-dimensional and high-definition technology, which provides exceptional clarity and detail of anatomy allowing for an extremely accurate and safe dissection.

Robotic single-incision surgery was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for removal of the gallbladder at the beginning of 2012.   The FDA is anticipated to approve the robotic single-port procedure for additional gynecological and urological surgeries.  Today, fewer than 250 hospital systems around the country have access to this technology, Legacy Health being the first system in Oregon and SW Washington to offer this procedure to their patients.