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Single-Incision Options Now Available for Gallbladder Removal at Texas Health Cleburne

CLEBURNE, Texas — More than a decade ago, getting a gallbladder removed would have taken an incision several inches long with a painful recovery ahead. In the past decade, laparoscopic surgery has cut the size of the scar to four smaller incisions and the recovery time has been trimmed significantly as well. But now, patients facing the removal of their gallbladder may have the option for the surgery to be performed with a single, half-inch long, incision near the navel.

Dr. Kari Frano
Dr. Kari Frano

The single-incision procedure is not for everyone. Some patients will still need to have their gallbladder removed by other methods. But for some patients at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne a single-incision surgery may now be possible. Dr. Kari Frano, a general surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne, recently began performing the procedure.

In addition to less scarring, the benefits of the single-incision procedure include a lower risk of inflammation, less pain and less bleeding, said Frano. “The recovery time is relatively the same as the time it takes to recover from a normal laparoscopic gallbladder removal procedure, but the benefits of the single-incision procedures are promising.”

During the procedure, Frano makes about a half-inch incision near the navel. A laparoscopic camera, a stapler for the blood vessels, and an instrument to cut are used throughout the procedure.

“We were pleased when Dr. Frano joined the medical staff because she brought an interest in performing more laparoscopic surgeries to Texas Health Cleburne,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “When patients are sick they want to heal as fast as possible and stay as close to home for their medical care as possible. Dr. Frano’s work with minimally invasive procedures does just that.”

In addition to gallbladder removal, Frano said that a single-incision procedure for appendix removal and some colon surgeries are also on the horizon as procedures that may be offered at Texas Health Cleburne.

“We want our community to know that we offer many of the same procedures that are offered in Fort Worth and Dallas here in Cleburne and there is no reason to travel out-of-town,” Frano added.

For more information about the single-incision gallbladder removal, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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