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When a Small Incision Makes a Big Difference

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014

It doesn't get much more minimal than one incision. That's how many it takes Doylestown Hospital general surgeon Brian Pellini, MD, to remove a gallbladder or perform an appendectomy. This single incision is about 15-20 millimeters, or the diameter of a quarter.

Advances in techniques and surgical tools make it possible for surgeons like Dr. Pellini to perform single-incision procedures.

"With fewer incisions, patients can more quickly get back to their regular daily activities," says Dr. Pellini. "There is also a cosmetic benefit. I can often hide this incision in the belly button, so it's almost an invisible scar."

Smaller and fewer incisions reduce bleeding, scarring and the risk of infection. That translates into shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery time – and getting back to an active life sooner.

When a single-incision procedure is not an option, general surgeons at Doylestown Hospital are using smaller incisions to perform a variety of minimally- invasive procedures. Minimally-invasive procedures performed at Doylestown Hospital include hernia repairs and treatments for common conditions of the gallbladder, appendix and colon.

Robotic surgery is another form of minimally-invasive surgery. Several Doylestown Hospital physicians are experienced in robotic-assisted surgery for gynecological, urological and general surgical procedures.

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