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    USMD Hospital at Arlington Surgeon

    Augustus Lyons, M.D.

     Among First to Perform Single-Site Robotic Surgery

    PRWeb – Wed, Mar 21, 2012

    Minimally Invasive Surgery Takes Another Step Forward

    Arlington, Texas (PRWEB) March 21, 2012

    Each year, about one million people in the United States undergo gallbladder removal surgery. Of

    that number, 40% of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Thanks to the latest breakthrough in

    robotic-assisted surgery, patients can now have their gallbladder removed in about the same amount

    of time as a lunch break, and be home in time for dinner with minimal discomfort and potentially no

    visible scar. Minimally invasive surgery has taken yet another step forward.

    Augustus Lyons, MD, a general surgeon at USMD Hospital at Arlington, is among the very first

    surgeons in the United States to perform a robotic-assisted cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal

    surgery) using a single incision through the belly button. The first single site procedure done in

    Tarrant County, and only the second in the DFW area, was done on March 20 at USMD Hospital at

    Arlington. USMD Hospital at Arlington is one of only two hospitals in the DFW area to offer this

    groundbreaking surgery made possible through a new FDA-approved single-site advancement to the

    da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

    “One of the greatest advantages of having the robotic assistance for single-incision surgery is being

    able to offer this minimally invasive and virtually scarless surgery to my patients,” said Dr. Lyons. “I

    think this is only the beginning and eventually we will expand the use of this tool for more

    procedures. The robotic system gives me the ability to not only operate through one small incision

    and through a natural body opening like the umbilicus, but it gives me the precision and threedimensional,

    high definition vision system to enhance surgical capabilities.”

    Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform for the da Vinci®

    Robotic Surgical System specifically for cholecystectomy procedures. The system enables surgeons to

    reduce the traditional 4 to 6 incisions to one incision that is less than an inch in length.

    Surgeons at USMD Hospital at Arlington utilize the da Vinci® System for a variety of minimally

    invasive robotic surgical procedures, including kidney, general, gastroenterology (GI), gynecological

    and urological surgery. In 2006, USMD Hospital at Arlington was one of the earliest in the country to

    acquire the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. The hospital currently has three robots under one


    Although robotic instruments play a significant role in surgical procedures at USMD Hospital at

    Arlington, it is the highly trained physicians who perform the surgery and produce the exceptional

    clinical outcomes. The surgeon’s skill, complemented by robot precision, offers benefits to patients

    undergoing surgery in a variety of specialties.

    USMD Hospital at Arlington, located at 801 West Interstate 20 in Arlington, Texas, is a physicianowned,

    community hospital. Its robotic team has performed more robotic surgeries than any other

    group in North Texas and focuses on the areas of urological, gynecological, bariatric, and colon and

    rectal surgery. In addition, the hospital’s medical staff also includes specialists in the areas of general

    surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, podiatry and urology. To learn more about

    USMD Hospital at Arlington and the services it offers, visit their website at

    (posted: 04/25/2012)

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