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Dr. Dennis Fernandez (holding the cake) celebrates with the robotic surgery team at Crestwood Medical Center after performing its 100th cholecystectomy.
Dr. Dennis Fernandez (holding the cake) celebrates with the robotic surgery team at Crestwood Medical Center after performing its 100th cholecystectomy. (CONTRIBUTED)

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Fernandez sets gallbladder surgery record for Alabama

Published 5:26pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — On April 8, Dr. Dennis Fernandez  performed his 100th robotic cholecystectomy using the Crestwood Medical Center da Vinci Si robot.

Fernandez is the first surgeon in Alabama to reach this milestone.

Cholecystectomy removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small incisions in the abdomen. It is one of the most frequently performed surgery’s in the nation. After the surgery and the gallbladder is removed, the body can no longer store bile between meals. In most people, this has little or no effect on digestion.

According to a Crestwood release, “Fernandez performs the most precise single-incision gallbladder surgery available today by doing minimally invasive cholecystectomies through a single small incision instead of multiple incisions as is done with the more traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy.”

Fernandez said that when he operates using the sophisticated da Vinci Si robot, it cuts down on the number of incisions and it is just like performing the surgery as if it were a normal cholecystectomy.

“When I remove a gallbladder using the robot, I only need to make one incision but I am able to visualize and manipulate tissue as if it were an open operation,” Fernandez said.

Pam Hudson, CEO of Crestwood Hospital congratulated Fernandez.

“We congratulate Dr. Fernandez and the entire surgical team for reaching this milestone,” she said.

Fernandez has fostered numerous surgeons from across the North Alabama region so that they may one day be able to perform the same robotic cholecystectomy and has become an advocate and mentor for the procedure for the entire state.

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