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Massachusetts woman undergoes first of its kind surgery in state

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A Berkshire County woman is the first person to undergo a high tech surgical procedure in the state. YNN's Madeleine Rivera talked to her and the surgeon about what this might mean for future surgeries.

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, N.Y. -- When Karla Delair found out she had stones in her gallbladder, her doctor warned her.

"This could be cancerous, and it needs to come out as soon as possible," said Delair.

She agreed, but what she didn't know was that she would be the first person in Massachusetts to undergo a single port robotic gallbladder surgery.

"I had no reservations at all. None, whatsoever," said Delair.

In a typical gallbladder removal surgery, four cuts are made on the abdomen. But, in Karla's case, the doctor used a Da Vinci robot to make one cut through her bellybutton.

Dr. Andrew Lederman performed the first of its kind surgery. He says Karla's procedure has its upsides.

"The advantage of that is hopefully less pain but also better cosmetics. The whole incision is hidden in the belly button and when it heals, it looks like there was no operation at all," said Lederman.

"When I woke up, I had no pain. The nurses asked me what my level of pain was one to 10, I told them it was a zero," said Delair.

Since Delair's procedure, there have been more than 10 other people who have undergone the same procedure. Dr. Lederman says its a sign of how the medical world is changing.

"The next step beyond this would be to go from taking out gallbladders through one incision to doing what's called natural orifice surgery. That's the future. And, this is the technology that will get us there," said Lederman.

Robotic surgery can also be used in prostate surgeries, hysterectomies and gastric bypasses.

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