Dr. Santiago Horgan Performs First Single-Incision Gallbladder Removal in U.S.

Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System, was the first surgeon in the U.S. to remove a gallbladder through a patient’s belly button, according to a UCSD news release.

Dr. Horgan performed the surgery on Dec. 20 and used the da Vinci Si Surgical System, which was recently FDA approved for gallbladder removal. The procedure took 60 minutes and involved one incision; a traditional gallbladder removal surgery involves four to six incisions. Dr. Horgan’s patient was discharged five hours later.

“Our goal is to offer surgery options that reduce discomfort, shorten hospital stays and minimize scarring,” said Dr. Horgan in the release. “With the aid of this robotic system, we can accomplish all three. This is a significant advancement for the 750,000 patients who need gallbladder removal each year.”

Watch a video of the procedure here.

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