Ridgeview offers da Vinci® robot-assisted procedures including Single-Site Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

WACONIA, Minn. (Oct. 17, 2013)—Ridgeview Medical Center offers the minimally invasive Single-Site Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (lap chole) procedure, one of only five hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area offering this surgical option with the da Vinci® Surgical System. The procedure, using the da Vinci robotic technology to remove the gallbladder, requires only one small incision under general anesthesia and is a common treatment of symptomatic gallstones and other gallbladder conditions.

Lap chole is the most common surgical procedure each year, with approximately 1 million procedures performed throughout the United States. The majority of patients receiving a lap chole procedure are between the ages of 18 and 44, and 85 percent of these patients are female.

There are 19 da Vinci–credentialed and trained surgeons who use the da Vinci for gynecological and urological surgical procedures at Ridgeview Medical Center, including:
• Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix)
• Prostatectomy (removal of all or part of the prostate gland)
• Laparoscopy (a surgery using a thin, lighted tube inserted through an incision in the belly)
• Cholecystectomy Single Site (removal of gallbladder)
• Oophorectomy (removal of an ovary or ovaries)
• Myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids)
• Nephrectomy (removal of a kidney)
• Pyeloplasty (procedure to drain and decompress the kidney)

• Nissen fundoplication (surgery to issues with esophageal reflux/heartburn)
• Supracervical hysterectomy (removal of the uterus while leaving the cervix in place)
• Sacrocolpexy (procedure to treat uterine prolapse that spares the uterus)
• Hysterectomy sacrocolpexy (treatment of uterine prolapse involving removal of uterus)
• Renal cyst excision (removal of fluid collection in the kidney)
• Cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder)
• Splenectomy (surgical removal of the spleen)
• Colectomy (surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen)

Surgeons performed the first robotic procedure at Ridgeview using the da Vinci system in February 2011.

About the da Vinci
The da Vinci is a robotic device that enables a surgeon to perform certain types of surgery while seated at a console with a computer and video monitor. The surgeon uses handgrips and foot pedals attached to the computer console to control three robotic arms that perform the surgery using a variety of surgical tools. The robotic arms have a “wrist” built into the end of the surgical tools, giving surgeons additional manipulation ability during minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery—surgery or minimally invasive manual laparoscopic surgery in an operating room environment. Source: www.fda.gov.

About Ridgeview Medical Center
Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care network located just 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multi-specialty clinics and services.

For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center or to learn more about the da Vinci and the credentialed da Vinci surgeons at Ridgeview, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.