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Single-incision Laparoscopic Surgery Now Available at Texas Health Denton
06/04/2010

DENTON, Texas — When Sharon Crow learned that her gallbladder had to come out, she immediately went online to research her options. She was pleased to learn of a minimally invasive technique which allows surgeons to make a single, half-inch incision near the navel. This was a huge improvement over what she knew of traditional laparoscopic surgery.

“When you have a choice of four incisions or just one, one will win out every time,” Crow stated. “With only one incision site, I was up and around the same day — remarkable.”

Thanks to the innovative medical professionals at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Crow was able to have the outpatient surgery near her home so that she and her family did not have to drive to Tarrant or Dallas County for her care.

Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. It has been estimated that approximately one adult in every 10 will be affected with gallstones during their lifetime. With so many patients seeking information about treatment options, it could be predicted that single-incision laparoscopic surgery will become the surgery of choice for gallbladder removal.

Victor Cobos, M.D.

Victor Cobos, M.D.

"The benefits to the patient are clear," said Victor Cobos, M.D., an independently practicing surgeon and chief of staff at Texas Health Denton who recently began performing the procedure for gallbladder and appendix removals. "Patients may expect less post-surgical pain, to return to normal activity levels faster than with traditional laparoscopic techniques and minimal scarring at the incision site.”

During the procedure, Cobos uses a high definition camera that allows him to better visualize the patient’s internal anatomy, enabling him to perform the surgery with precision. Future applications for single-incision surgery may include anti-reflux intervention, spleen, kidney and colorectal surgeries.

“We actively strive to bring quality care to our community,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “We believe Denton deserves the best possible care and we think being at the forefront of new surgical procedures demonstrates our commitment to the health of our friends and neighbors.”

Single-incision surgery is just one of the many minimally invasive outpatient procedures Texas Health Denton offers, further demonstrating that Texas Health Denton is on the leading edge of utilizing new techniques that advance safe, quality patient care.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 890 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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 www.texashealth.org.

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