In this health video learn how gallbladder removal surgery can be painful and invasive. But a new method can leave patients scar-free, and you won't believe how they're doing it.
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Jennifer Matthews: Dana Johnson is describing the gallbladder attack that sent her to the emergency room a few weeks ago. Dana Johnson: It was a like a lot of knives stabbing at me repeatedly, in the stomach area and the kidneys. Jennifer Matthews: Though Dana knew shed need surgery, she never imagined this, an operation that would remove her gallbladder without leaving a single scar. Mark Talamini: Thats the goal, less pain, less disfigurement, less disability. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Mark Talamini is performing a new kind of procedure called natural orifice surgery. Essentially, its major surgery without the major incision. Mark Talamini: And the idea is, rather than making incisions in the abdominal wall, you go through an orifice that the good Lord gave us. Jennifer Matthews: The surgeon enters the body through the mouth or, as you see here, the vagina. Then, using specialized tools, he is able to locate the gallbladder and remove it. Theres almost no pain or scarring. Recovery time is quicker, hours, compared to weeks. The only incision is a tiny one in the bellybutton to help surgeons guide their instruments. Dana Johnson: You cant hardly even tell you can look at my bellybutton and just see a tiny stitch, its amazing. Jennifer Matthews: Dana was one of the first people in the US to have the experimental surgery. She was home the very next day and able to walk her dogs pain free. Doctors hope Dana's success story is the sign of things to come. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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