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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Offers Breakthrough Surgical Procedure

June 26, 2009

Hudson, FL (June 26, 2009) — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced they will now offer the next generation SILS™ procedure (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery). Working through this small incision, a surgeon is able to perform standard laparoscopic operations such as gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), appendectomy, hiatal hernia (antireflux), and colon surgery.

Currently, more than 80 percent of all cholecystectomies performed in the United States are done laparoscopically with multiple access points. Using the next generation SILS™ procedure, surgeons can make a single 20mm incision through the navel, minimizing the pain that may be associated with the additional sites of entry.

Approximately 500,000 procedures are performed each year in the U.S. to remove the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ located in the upper abdomen beneath the bladder. While the gallbladder’s main function – to store bile produced by the liver and release it for digestion – is important to the body, it is not essential. Gallbladder surgeries are usually performed for acute inflammation of the gallbladder and the treatment of gallstones – small solid formations of cholesterol and bile salts within the gallbladder – or inflammation of the gallbladder, known as cholecystitis.

One of the major advantages of the SILS™ procedure is that it utilizes only one access point, through the patient’s umbilicus, or navel, ultimately resulting in the potential for no visible scar. By comparison, traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomies involve four 1/2 –inch or smaller incisions that may leave scars.

“With the successful completion of this procedure, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is now equipped to offer patients the most advanced form of laparoscopic cholecystectomy,” said board-certified general, vascular and thoracic surgeon Hugo L. Mendonca, M.D. “We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experiences for patients.”

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It has an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center and an Approved, With Commendation, Community Cancer Program, from the College of Surgeons.

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