Richmond, Va. (May 25, 2017) – HCA Virginia's Johnston-Willis Hospital recently performed central Virginia's first single site incision procedure using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, which allows surgeons to perform more complex minimally invasive procedures with greater precision.

Joanne Glanville, M.D., a robotic fellowship and endocrine fellowship trained surgeon with Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals and Surgical Associates of Richmond, completed a single site cholecystectomy, or complete removal of the gallbladder on a patient with gallstones.

"When it comes to minimally invasive surgery, using the da Vinci Xi robot allows us to provide patients with the best technology and a more defined approach to care," said Glanville. "I'm proud to offer patients more opportunities that will allow them to experience a better quality of life."

According to Glanville, the single site procedure results in one skin incision as opposed to previous procedures that may require three or four. Additional benefits of robotic surgery as compared to traditional approaches include shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less scarring and faster return to normal activities.

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments that fit into a patient's body through a series of tiny incisions. These instruments are mounted on three robotic arms and a fourth arm holds a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist.

At the console, a surgeon uses finger, eye and foot controls to manipulate the arms of the robot allowing the surgeon maximum range and precision of motion in performing an operation.

"Through skill, collaboration and technology, we are dedicated to treating our robotic surgery patients to the highest standard of care," said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. "Our surgeons are among the most skilled in the field of robotic surgery, and will continue to bring patients the superior care they deserve."

Johnston-Willis Hospital is a designated Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation. It was the first hospital in Virginia and only one of 14 in the nation to earn this recognition. The designation recognizes hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate a commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care through a structured program to help robotic surgeons continuously improve quality of care and patient safety.

Glanville, who has completed more than 300 robotic surgery procedures is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery. She specializes in endocrine surgery, which includes thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals and some pancreas and robotic general surgery. She has special interest in foregut, colon, hernias and gallbladder surgery.

About HCA Virginia

As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, three freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors' and Spotsylvania Regional.