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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is first in DuPage County to perform single-site da Vinci surgery

For immediate release, May 16, 2012

Kyle Bauer
, Public Relations Manager, 630-993-5702

ELMHURST – Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) became the first hospital in DuPage County to perform single incision robotic surgery with the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. Led by Michael Martirano, M.D., a general surgeon and Medical Director of EMH’s Robotic Surgery program, the Hospital’s robotic surgery team successfully removed a gallbladder through a single, small umbilical incision on May 15.

The traditional laparoscopic approach for gallbladder removal requires four incisions and a recovery period that generally ranges from one week to 10 days. Representing a major advancement in gallbladder surgery, Dr. Martirano and the team removed the patient’s gallbladder in less than 60 minutes using a single incision that is less than one inch made through the belly button. The patient returned home just hours after the procedure was complete.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA approval in late 2011 on this new operating platform specifically for the surgical removal of the gallbladder. EMH is among the first hospitals in the Chicago area to perform the procedure. Across the country, there is a select group of only approximately only 50 physicians who have completed the advanced training necessary to perform the procedure.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery to our patients,” Dr. Martirano said. “With this exciting new technology, we can offer patients a minimally invasive option that leads to quicker recovery, less complications, minimized pain, reduced blood loss, a shortened hospital stay and virtually no scarring.”

The da Vinci® Surgical System uses breakthrough technology to offer a minimally invasive alternative for many complex surgical procedures. The system allows surgeons to insert miniature instruments and a tiny high-definition 3-D camera through a series of quarter-inch incisions.

Using hand controls, surgeons guide robotic arms holding laparoscopic surgical instruments while advanced technology converts their large hand movements into precise, small movements. The robotic “wrists” are able to rotate a full 360 degrees, enabling surgeons to control the miniature surgical instruments with unprecedented accuracy, flexibility and range of motion.

In addition to this newest innovation in robotic surgery, EMH is using the da Vinci Surgical System for a variety of procedures ranging from general surgery to gynecologic oncology, benign gynecology, urogynecology and urology.

For more information on the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System at EMH, visit

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