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First Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery at EJCH

A surgical team at Emory Johns Creek Hospital performed their first single-site gallbladder surgery on Friday, April 27, 2012. During this minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, the patient’s gallbladder was removed via a single small incision in the belly button. The team removed the gallbladder using Single-Site™ instruments on a da Vinci® System. This robotic surgical system, which is widely used in complex minimally invasive surgery, allowed the surgeons to remove the gallbladder through an incision of approximately one inch. Traditional robotic surgeries require three to five small incisions.

Potential benefits of Single-Site gallbladder surgery include virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour, with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy, and uses controls below the viewer to move the da Vinci Robot’s arms and camera. The system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements in real-time into the more precise movements of the tiny instruments inside the patient. Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery.

Dr. Christopher Hart, of Emory Johns Creek Surgery, PC, and medical director of the Atlanta Bariatric Center, is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who have received training in Single-Site gallbladder surgery, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state to perform the procedure. To learn more about this procedure, visit

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Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar
The next seminars will be held July 11, 12, 17, 26, and August 1, 8, 9, 21, and 23.
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Second Graders Help Name Emory Johns Creek Hospital Robot!

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Robotics Open HouseEmory Johns Creek Hospital has a new da Vinci® robot, and the second grade students at State Bridge Elementary School have helped us name it! At the beginning of April, the second graders were invited to participate in our “Name the Robot” contest. They colored in pictures of the robot and suggested fun names for it. They also learned how the hospital uses this revolutionary robotic technology for surgery. Johns Creek High School’s Robotics Seminar students chose the winning name for us from among the entries.

The “Name the Robot” contest winner will get a behind-the scenes tour of one of Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s operating rooms, and everyone in the winner’s class will receive acoupon from Chick-fil-A. A prize is also being awarded forthe most artistic coloring. The kids did a great job, and their colorful entries will be display in the hospital’s cafeteria from April 23 to May 8. We cannot wait to announce the winner Tuesday, May 8, at our “Name the Robot” Open House! We will celebrate with juice and cookies and a robot demonstration, and you are invited to join us. We hope to see you there!

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