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Single-Incision Robotic Surgery Offered at Texas Health Denton
04/04/2013

DENTON, Texas — Performing surgery through a two centimeter incision in the belly button? It may sound like the stuff of movies, but the technology is available right here at home at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Dr. Victor Cobos
Dr. Victor Cobos

Dr. Victor Cobos is the first surgeon in Denton using the daVinci SI Surgical Robot to remove a patient’s gallbladder through a 2 1/2 centimeter incision through the navel. Cobos, who is on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton, focuses on improving the patient experience as technology evolves.

“I continually strive to find faster, less painful and more efficient ways of caring for patients, which is why I am committed to minimally invasive surgery techniques,” Cobos said. “While robotic surgery and single incision surgery are not new, combining the two to remove the gallbladder allows for this paradigm shift.”

Each year, an estimated one million Americans are diagnosed with gallstone disease, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

Not only can patients stay close to home with this procedure, but they often can return home within hours of the procedure.

“Combining robotic technology with the skill of physicians on our medical staff is just one way we show our commitment to the community,” said Stan Morton, hospital president. “Texas Health Denton utilizes new techniques that advance safe, quality patient care, but at the root of that technology adoption is the goal to care for patients near their homes.”

To share more about this procedure and other robotic surgery options, Texas Health Denton is hosting a free lunch seminar from noon to 1 p.m. on April 10. Dr. Cobos will be joined by Dr. Christina Dooley to talk about robotic surgery options during the presentation, Advances in Medicine: Gallbladder and Gynecological Diseases. The event is free but registration is required by calling 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 45 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

For more information on the hospital, visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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