The First Single Incision Laparoscopic Operation Performed at Froedtert Hospital
On Monday, November 2, 2009, Matthew Goldblatt, MD, FACS, performed the first single incision laparoscopic operation at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital. Dr. Goldblatt performed a single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder). The patient’s only incision was at her umbilicus (belly button). Once fully healed, the only scar will be virtually invisible since it will be hidden at the base of her umbilicus.
Dr. Goldblatt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. He started at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin in July of 2009. He completed a General Surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004 and went on to a Minimally Invasive Fellowship at the Ohio State University. Prior to his return to Milwaukee, he served in the U.S. Air Force where he performed the first, and developed a significant experience in single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Wright-Patterson Medical Center.
Single incision laparoscopic surgery allows patients to have fewer scars on their belly. This potentially leads to faster recovery with less pain. In addition, patients benefit from a better cosmetic outcome. Single incision laparoscopy is not limited to gallbladders. Single incision anti-reflux surgery, splenectomy, appendectomy, colon resection, and even Lap Band® have been described. The same operation is done on the inside, it's just done through one incision.