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Gwinnett County’s First Hidden Scar Procedure Completed at Gwinnett Medical Center


Lawrenceville, Ga. – Gwinnett Medical Center took another step in the path towards clinical advancement with the completion of the Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy procedure. This procedure, performed by James Elsey, MD, Gwinnett Medical Center, is performed for treatment of gallbladder disease and results in minimal scarring.


“We have performed a number of single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomies, rather than the usual three or four incisions. This single incision approach offers tremendous benefits to our patients such as significantly reduced scarring and potentially less pain. I believe that this will soon become the state-of-the-art procedure for many of my future cases,” added Dr. Elsey.


Dr. Elsey successfully performed the procedure through a single skin incision located in the patients’ belly button.  This innovative approach demonstrates that fewer incisions are possible and represents a significant step toward incisionless surgery which may improve patient outcomes.


Patients are attracted to the visual appeal of having fewer post-operative scars. Doctors say that fewer incisions can also mean faster recovery times, less risk for infection and less pain. Laparoscopy undertaken through a single incision dramatically extends all of these benefits.


Research for customized solutions will determine whether similar Single Incision Laparoscopic procedures will be effective for other general surgery applications such as hernia repair and weight loss surgeries. 


“Laparoscopic procedures undertaken through a single incision are a significant advancement,” said Dr. Elsey. “For our profession and for our patients, the future is brighter and more hopeful than ever.”


About Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, the GMC provided care in 2007 to over 400,000 patients. In 2007, Gwinnett Medical Center launched Project PATH — to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.  To learn more, visit