Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- A first-of-its-kind surgery performed at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, leaves the patient with no visible scarring.
You wouldn't know by the looks of it that Mark Miller spent yesterday on an operating table.
"My surgery was about 7 o'clock yesterday morning, and I was done by lunch time yesterday, laid around the house, and then went back to work today," Miller said.
He's the first patient in Tyler to have single-site gall bladder removal, using Da Vinci surgical robot technology.
"I had very little pain. It's been pretty easy so far, I'm just a little bit sore. It works by one small incision in your belly button," Miller said.
He wasn't nervous to be the guinea pig, having confidence in the pay off. "You don't have any scars, and so it worked really good," Miller said.
Dr. Robert McKinney, Chief of Surgery at Trinity Mother Frances, says he's happy with the way the first round went. "You can do a dry run a number of times, but then when you're doing it live it's always a little bit different. But it went very well," McKinney said.
He says while the robotic technology has around for more than a decade, the FDA just approved new equipment for this specific procedure.
"It's fascinating technology, and it really helps some specialties do some things they were not able to do technically, reach areas that were hard to reach," McKinney said.
McKinney says it may not be for everyone, but should at least be considered. "It's another arrow in the quiver so to speak, and we want to be able to offer all these things to patients in our community," he said.
It's not any more expensive to choose this option, and doctors expect more procedures to start being performed besides gall bladder removal, soon.