LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A new procedure is literally changing the way surgeons operate and it all starts with the robotic arms of The Da Vinci Device.
"It's an extension of laparoscopic surgery that allows a user to be more proficient with their movement within the patient's abdominal cavity," said Dr. Eric Paul, with The Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas.
Paul says the robot makes any surgeon better because it eliminates difficult angles. The Da Vinci also provides enhanced vision and precision, allowing surgeons to perform high-tech gall bladder operations.
"We did the first single incision laproscopic cholecystectomy in the state," Paul said. "You're doing a pretty large surgery through a two-and-a-half centimeter incision which is about an inch, or just greater than an inch. That's a pretty exciting leap in technology."
He says patients go home the same day, typically feel great and don't have to worry about scars that used to go hand-in-hand with having your gall bladder removed.
"They have a tiny incision on their belly," Dr. Paul explained. "It's actually through their belly button, so when it heals, it's almost as if there's no scar at all."
(Written by THV's Matt Turner)