March 23, 2011
Dang Tuan Pham, MD, a Catholic Health surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first physician in Western New York to successfully place a lap band in a patient using Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).
The surgery, which is performed through a small 20mm incision in the patient’s belly button, leaves little or no visible scarring,
Commonly used for gallbladder removal and hernia repairs, SILS procedures are being expanded to include bariatric (weight loss) related surgeries.
“The patients are discharged the next day after the SILS operation is completed, with minimal pain and scarring,” says Dr. Pham. “Traditional laparoscopic surgeries have four separate half inch incisions surrounding the afflicted area, which tend to leave scars.”
“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,” Peter U. Bergmann, President & CEO said. “At Sisters Hospital, patient care is our highest priority. Procedures including SILS are instrumental in helping us fulfill out goal of offering patients the latest advancements in medicine.”
Sisters of Charity Hospital has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This designation is awarded to surgeons and programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
Sisters Hospital is also a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery™ and was ranked #1 in New York State and in the top 5% nationally for bariatric surgery for 2009 – 2011 by HealthGrades®.