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Menorah Medical Center Doctor Lon McCroskey, MD, First in Kansas City to Perform Gallbladder Surgery on da Vinci Robot Using Groundbreaking Firefly Technology

Menorah Medical Center November 21, 2013

Doctor Lon McCroskey, MD, FACS, board-certified surgeon at Menorah Medical Center

Lon McCroskey, MD, FACS, board-certified surgeon at Menorah Medical Center, last week performed Kansas City’s first single-site gallbladder surgery on the da Vinci robot assisted by the groundbreaking Firefly video technology. The da Vinci Single-Site robotic technology leaves patients virtually free of scars versus traditional surgery, which requires one long incision below the ribs and other laparoscopic procedures that leaves four small incisions on the torso. The addition of Firefly, a fluorescence imaging system that utilizes a special video camera and glowing dye, allowed McCroskey to view the bile ducts and the blood flowing in vessels during minimally invasive surgery on the da Vinci.

The 70-year-old female patient underwent the gallbladder removal surgery, known as a cholecystectomy, on the da Vinci robot with Firefly technology. Dr. McCroskey performed the surgery on an outpatient basis at Menorah Medical Center and following a quick recovery, the patient was back to her regular activities within several days.

Menorah Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — has two da Vinci robot surgical suites and is a leader in Kansas City when it comes to performing minimally invasive surgical procedures, including gallbladder, gynecologic, prostate, kidney, urological and colorectal conditions.

The da Vinci system allows a minimally invasive approach to complex surgery by transferring the surgeon’s hand movements to a set of robotic arms, allowing 360-degree maneuverability through tiny incisions. This type of minimally invasive surgery commonly reduces a patient’s blood loss, pain and recovery time.

Dr. McCroskey is one of Menorah’s highly skilled da Vinci®-trained surgeons dedicated to delivering the most advanced patient care with greater precision, control and access to hard-to-reach areas. The Firefly technology augments the leading-edge da Vinci with unsurpassed visual clarity during surgery.  Viewed with the Firefly camera, the bile ducts appear green and other tissues appear gray.

“The Firefly near-infrared technology when used in da Vinci single-site gallbladder surgery greatly enhances my clarity during surgery through real-time, image-guided identification of a patient’s key anatomical landmarks,” says Dr. McCroskey.  “It’s another advancement in minimally invasive surgical procedures that further increases the unmatched precision and control provided by the da Vinci system.”

“Menorah Medical Center is pleased to have not only two da Vinci robots for minimally invasive procedures, but also the Firefly technology,” says Denise Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Menorah Medical Center.  “As a leader in healthcare in Johnson County, we are committed to providing patients with the highest level of surgical care while utilizing the latest and least invasive surgical options.”

"An important part of Menorah Medical Center’s vision for patient care is to explore and provide the latest in minimally-invasive treatments wherever possible," says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center.  “We are proud to add the da Vinci to other advanced, minimally invasive technologies at the hospital, such as CyberKnife, that support our commitment to offering patients better surgical experiences and outcomes."

For more information, visit MenorahMedicalCenter.com.

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