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Community Medical Center performs first single incision surgery


Community Medical Center has become the first hospital in Western Montana to perform single incision robotic surgery with the da Vinci Si™ System.  Dr. Kristin Janczewski, General Surgeon, successfully removed three gallbladders through single incisions in the patients’ navals.

Community Medical Center is one of just three hospitals in Montana State to offer this groundbreaking surgery.  According to Dr. Janczewski, “This technology allows me to maintain the gold standard approach through one small incision. I think this is only the beginning and eventually we will expand the use of this tool for more procedures. I’m excited to be a part of bringing this new technology to Missoula where patients can experience the healthcare benefits without having to travel out of state.

The traditional laparoscopic approach for gallbladder removal (or cholecystectomy) requires four to six incisions and a recovery period that generally ranges from one week to ten days.  This new robotic procedure benefits patients by resulting in quicker recovery, less complications, minimized pain, reduced blood loss, shortened hospital stay and virtually no scarring.   


The technology provides clinical benefits and efficiencies in the operating room that provide the community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery.  The da Vinci Siä Surgical System provides surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.

Unique features of the daVinci Siä include:

  • Enhanced 3D, high definition vision of operative field with up to 10X magnification
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Superior surgical dexterity and precision
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
  • New ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort.