Surgery technology limits scarring, pain for patients

This article was updated in June 2013. Dr. Thomas Brown is certified and trained to perform Single-Site™ da Vinci® procedures.

ADC surgeons use robotic-assisted Single-Site™ da Vinci® to reduce scarring, speed recovery

Screenshot from da Vinci surgery

Dr. Francis Buzad and Dr. Louis Corne are currently the only surgeons performing the procedure in Austin.

Facing gallbladder surgery? You’re not alone. But gone are the days of large scars and long hospital stays.

New surgical technologies now in use at ADC have helped transform gallbladder removal into a procedure that leaves minimal scarring and quickens healing so you can get back on your feet in no time.

ADC has two surgeons who have been working with Single-Site™ da Vinci® surgical tools. It’s robotic-assisted surgery that is performed through just one incision.

How Single-Site is different

Graphic showing incision differences between surgery techniques

Performing a single incision surgery isn’t new, but combining it with robotic technologies is.  ADC’s Dr. Francis Buzad and Dr. Louis Corne have both been working with the new robotic tools and techniques. Their partner, Dr. Thomas Brown, has also trained and been certified to perform the procedure. They are currently the only surgeons performing the procedure in Austin

Dr. Buzad, one of the early adopters of robotics in general surgery, has been working with da Vinci® technologies since 2008. He says instead of using up to four incisions to remove a gallbladder through earlier laparoscopic techniques, Single-Site™ da Vinci® uses an incision less than one-inch long in the belly button. Plus, the robotic tools give him a better view and extremely precise instruments through which to perform the procedure.

That means patients have less blood loss, less pain, and can leave the hospital sooner. It also means scarring is minimal, because the incision site becomes nearly invisible when it heals.

“My practice is dedicated to minimally-invasive surgery, not only because it is the best clinical option for most patients, but also because it provides a significant benefit to patients, their families and the community,” Dr. Buzad said.

Many surgical uses

Screenshot from da Vinci surgery

The surgery is minimally invasive and leaves a nearly invisible scar.

Dr. Buzad says robotic surgery can be used in a variety of surgeries. And because of its precision, many patients who weren’t candidates for manual laparoscopic surgery may benefit. Buzad says Single-Site™ da Vinci® helps him perform “minimally invasive surgery in patients with prior abdominal surgeries, complex anatomy, bowel adhesions, and low colon and rectal cancers.”

Some patients have been surprised about how fast they’ve been able to get back to their normal activities. Dr. Buzad says some patients have also needed minimal pain medication after surgery.


This video was created during an actual surgery using Single-Site™ da Vinci® in June 2012.

Warning: Some viewers may find the images disturbing.