CarePoint Health Physician Performs Gallbladder Surgery Using Robot for the First Time in Hudson County

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Doctors at Christ Hospital operate using the da Vinci Robot System. $2.5 million investment brings state-of-the-art technology to Jersey City.

In another first for CarePoint Health, Ravikumar Brahmbhatt, MD, FACS, performed a robot guided Single Site Cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder) at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, the first such procedure ever performed in Hudson County. The operation was conducted through a single small incision through the belly button of the patient using the fine tools of a robotic arm. Through this minimally invasive procedure, the gallbladder was successfully removed. The surgery marks one more milestone for the hospital, where the use of the da Vinci robot system is revolutionizing health care.

Dr. Brahmbhatt, supported by a specialized team of nurses and anesthesiologists specifically trained for robotic procedures, performed the Single Site Cholecystectomy on March 7, 2014. The use of the da Vinci robot provided a safe and effective operative intervention using the latest technology. Due to the precision in technique possible with use of 3D high-definition vision and cutting edge robotic tools, there is minimal chance of complication. The benefits to patients undergoing this type of procedure include: early recovery and early return to daily activity, short hospital stay, less bleeding, low rate of wound infection, virtually no post-operation scars and highest patient satisfaction.

The da Vinci robot at CarePoint Health - Christ Hospital, nicknamed “Mona”, is part of a larger initiative, backed by a $2.5 million investment, to respond to the growing health care needs of the region. With the da Vinci system, surgeons operate through just a few small, minimally invasive incisions. The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables a surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments.

Dr. Brahmbhatt was born and raised in India where he completed medical school and his General Surgical residency at M.S. University of Baroda. He completed a second General Surgical residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Brahmbhatt is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. His practice is located at 250 Central Avenue in Jersey City and at 5 Marine Plaza, Hoboken. He specializes in Advanced Laparoscopy Surgery and General Surgery including intestinal disease.

For more information about this groundbreaking surgery, contact:

Allyson Miller
CarePoint Health
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: 201-858-5297
Fax: 973-646-5563
Email: AMiller(at)bayonnemedicalcenter(dot)org

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CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center - CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. We leverage a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all of our medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on our facilities, partners and services, visit our website,

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