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First Local Robotic Surgeries Performed

Wednesday, a local surgeon performed the first robotic gallbladder surgery in San Angelo; it's one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States.
Wednesday, a local surgeon performed the first robotic gallbladder surgery in San Angelo; it's one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States.

"It's history in the making. I'm excited because I like to try new things, so this was awesome," patient, Sallie Wilkins, said.

It may be hard to believe, but Sallie Wilkins just got out of gallbladder surgery a few hours ago, and indeed she was a part of history in San Angelo.

"I think operating with the robot is exciting, it's actually a really fun experience," Community Medical Center's General Surgeon, Dr. Terah Isaacson, said.

Issacson performed the first local daVinci Single-site gallbladder surgeries on Wednesday.


"I'm able to zoom in and see structures that typically, with traditional laparoscopy, you just don't get a good visualization. It just makes it a more safe and efficient operation," Isaacson said.

As much fun as it may be for those in the operating room, the benefits are even better for the patients.

"I feel really good. I mean I don't feel any pain or anything, but I will go home and rest," Wilkins said.

Isaacson says gallbladder removal is one of the most common procedures in the nation. This new robotic operation is done through a 2 and half centimeter incision in the belly button allowing for quicker access.

"The benefits with the single-incision are less pain and better cosmetic results. You end up with one incision, which is pretty much minimal to no scarring," Isaacson said.

Isaacson performed four single-site surgeries on Wednesday, and says every patient will be discharged he same day.

"I'm very impressed with her. She's just got really new ideas and she's and awesome Doctor," Wilkins said.

"I think it's great to be able to offer even one more operation. Isaacson said.
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