Live Twittercast of single-site gallbladder robotic assisted surgery

Dr. Francis Buzad using Single-Site™ da Vinci® to perform gallbladder removal through one incision meaning minimal scarring and faster recovery for patients

(Austin, TX)  Francis Buzad, M.D., general surgeon at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, will perform single-site cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) surgery during a Live Twittercast, Friday, June 8 at 9:00 AM CST to educate the public about this new surgical option for gallbladder removal.

The  Single-Site™ da Vinci® technique allows the surgeon to create one incision in the navel (belly button) which dramatically limits visible scarring.  Patients also experience less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery when the surgeon has used this technique. Traditional laparoscopic surgery uses several incisions in the torso and requires a longer recovery period.

Graphic showing incision differences between surgery techniques

The Live Twittercast will document Dr. Buzad while he trains other physicians to use this technique in their practices throughout the U.S. and the world.  Currently, Dr. Buzad and his partners, Louis Corne, MD and Thomas Brown, MD are the only surgeons to perform this operation in the Austin area.  Follow the Twittercast @ADCHealth and #ADCSurgery.

According to the American Gastroenterological Association gallbladder disease affects more than 20 million Americans with 1 million new cases diagnosed annually. Among those with diagnosed gallbladder disease, 6 million were men and 14 million were women between the ages of 20 to 74 years.

In the U.S., 700,000 gallbladder removal surgeries are performed each year using laparoscopy. Patients who experience gallstone attacks, gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis), pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) or those with a high risk of gallbladder cancer may consider gall bladder removal.

Dr. Buzad, is the section chief of General Surgery at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, and has been working with the da Vinci®  Robotic System since 2008.  He was one of twenty physicians chosen nationwide, and the first in Texas to perform this procedure.  “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.

Single-Site™ da Vinci® gallbladder surgery is performed at The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at North Austin Medical Center.

For more information about the Twittercast, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic or our physicians, contact the ADC Marketing Department.