November 1, 2008

Cholecystectomy with no external incisions

By: OR Manager

For the first time in the US, surgeons at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center in July removed a woman's gallbladder without any external incisions. Using the technique called NOTES (natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery), a team of surgeons led by Marc Bessler, MD, inserted a flexible endoscope into the woman's abdomen through a 1-inch incision behind her uterus and removed her gallbladder.

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