Kaweah Delta now performing new application of daVinci® surgery

VISALIA – Single-site gall bladder surgery is now being performed at Kaweah Delta Medical Center and is the latest application of the district’s robotic surgery system. 

Dr. Abiy Meshesha, MD, FACS, is the only surgeon performing single-site gall bladder surgery using the daVinci® Si robotic surgery system in Tulare County and is one of two surgeons performing it in the Central Valley. Prior to gall bladder surgery, the daVinci® had been used for urological and gynecological procedures at Kaweah Delta. To date, nearly 400 surgical procedures have been performed using the daVinci® at Kaweah Delta. 

“I wanted to start performing this type of surgery at Kaweah Delta because there is a dedicated robotic surgery team, which is vital to the success of the program,” Meshesha said. “I’m impressed that Kaweah Delta has embraced this technology because it benefits patients.”  

Other surgeons performing robotic surgery at Kaweah Delta include: 

Gynecologic Surgery
Andrea Boone, M.D.
G. Blaine Lake, M.D.
John Morin, M.D.
Mark Wiseman, M.D.

Urologic Surgery
Joseph Chidi, M.D.
Tu-Hi Hong, M.D.
Marty Prah, M.D.

By adding Dr. Meshesha to the team, patients benefit, says Wendy Heatherly, Robotic Program Coordinator and Registered Nurse First Assistant. 

“We have an increasingly diverse group of surgeons qualified to take care of our patients locally with the daVinci®,” Heatherly said. “We have already had cases where two surgeons have been able to work collaboratively using the robot on one patient.”

Gall bladder surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures and is often performed to alleviate pain. In single-site gall bladder surgery, the surgeon enters the abdomen to remove the gallbladder through a one-inch incision in a person’s belly button, leaving the person without a scar. Using the daVinci® for single-site gall bladder surgery provides the surgeon with enhanced surgical precision, control and stability of the camera system along with 3D and HD visualization.  Shorter hospital stays, less pain, less risk of infection, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities are the benefits that patients have experienced when they have a daVinci® surgical procedure. 

Symptoms that can prompt gall bladder surgery include stones in the gall bladder, nausea, vomiting, yellowing in the eyes, and pain in a person’s right side, back or shoulder among other things.