StoneSprings Hospital Center
January 14, 2016

DULLES, VA – Dr. C. Bernard Cross performed the first robotic single site laparoscopic cholecystectomy at StoneSprings Hospital Center. The procedure was performed via the innovative da Vinci® Surgical System removing the patient’s gallbladder.

“Typically this surgery has been most commonly performed laparoscopically with several incision sites,” said Dr. Cross. But with the advancement of technology using the robotic-assisted method, can now be performed laparoscopically using only one incision through which specialized instruments are used to perform the same surgery. This allows for more precision during the surgery and faster recovery for the patient.

“We’re excited to offer this technology to our patients,” says Mark Rader, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. “The ability to replace open procedures with minimally invasive ones means we can provide our patients with better clinical outcomes so they can return to their active lifestyles more quickly.”

During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons autonomous camera control for a stable, immersive, and highly magnified 3DHD view of the surgical field.

Surgeons' hand movements are scaled for precise instrument control. A large, open working space provides unrestricted range of motion without instrument overcrowding.

“Using the da Vinci® Surgical System allows me to do things I can’t do laparoscopically, said Dr. Cross. “The screen provides a 3DHD view that makes it much easier to see what I’m doing.”

The da Vinci® Surgical System is developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.