Single-port laparoscopic appendectomy performed at Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Published on March 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM · No Comments

Surgeons at Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) recently performed the hospital's first-ever single-port laparoscopic appendectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure for removing an infected appendix, which reduces scarring and healing time because it requires only one incision, Gustavo Valdespino, VPH president and CEO, announced today.

“Valley Presbyterian Hospital has been very supportive of this technique and other surgical advances that improve the care and healing of its patients.”

"Appendectomies are one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, and we are pleased to offer our patients the latest surgical techniques to ensure a quick recovery and minimal scarring," said Mr. Valdespino. "At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, our medical and surgical teams are constantly seeking the most advanced procedures and techniques to improve the lives and health of our patients."

Dr. Samuel Kashani, an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques, performed the first single-port laparoscopic appendectomy at VPH. In this type of surgery, the surgeon operates almost exclusively through a single entry point, typically the patient's navel. Unlike a traditional multi-port laparoscopic appendectomy, which usually requires three small incisions, single port laparoscopy requires just one small incision.

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