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Summa Health System Performs Single-Site Robotic Surgery with New Technology

05.22.2012
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930
 Surgery
Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Mark Pozsgay, D.O., (far right) and the surgical team assist Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Adrian G. Dan, M.D., (off camera) in performing one of the first single-site robotic gallbladder surgeries done at Summa Akron City Hospital on Monday. 
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Robotic Surgery

Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Adrian G. Dan, M.D., moves the robotic surgery instruments from a console near the bedside in one of the first single-site gallbladder surgeries done at Summa Akron City Hospital on Monday. 
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AKRON, Ohio, May 22, 2012 – On Monday, Summa Health System took its next step on the surgical frontier when two patients underwent new single-site robotic gallbladder surgery at Summa Akron City Hospital and awoke with just one small incision in their belly buttons. The two surgeries mean that the Akron hospital is among just three locations in Ohio and the only in Summit County to have completed cases with this new single-site technology.

The procedures, called robotic cholecystectomies, were completed by Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Adrian G. Dan, M.D., who was assisted by Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Mark Pozsgay, D.O., and a surgical team. The surgeons used a new set of specially designed robotic surgery instruments attached to the da Vinci Si® Surgery System manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

“With this new technology, we are truly taking the next step with our robotic surgery program and reaffirming our commitment to excellence on the new frontiers in surgery,” said Summa’s Chief of Robotics Thomas J. Mendise, M.D. “This underscores our desire to provide the latest enhancements in patient care and continually offer the greatest technology to our patients.”  

Summa Health System invested approximately $91 thousand in the new technology and performs more than 800 gallbladder surgeries each year.

“The new robotic technology allows surgeons to offer the very best in minimally invasive surgical technique with incredible visualization and dexterity for our patients,” said Dr. Adrian G. Dan, who performed the first cases on Monday. “Single-site robotic surgery means a more gentle surgery, with all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, and no visible scar.”

Summa Health System has been offering robotic surgery at Summa Akron City Hospital since 2004 and has completed 1,379 robotic surgery procedures.

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About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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