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Charile Granda on the golf course

After his successful surgery, Charlie Granda enjoys a round at his favorite course, the Sunset Hills Golf Course.

Robotic surgery puts retired firefighter

back in the game

To make an appointment with Dr. Ross, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669).

Retired firefighter Charlie Granda is back in the swing of his post-retirement activities of golfing, boating and cycling, thanks to the single-incision, robotic-assisted gallbladder removal surgery he received this spring at St. Anthony’s.

Charlie found himself stricken with pain one morning, the severity of which he had never experienced before. Doctors in the Emergency Department determined he was in the process of passing a gallstone. Soon after, he underwent single-incision, robotic-assisted cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery with surgeon Bradley Ross, D.O., of St. Louis Surgical Services. Dr. Ross is the first surgeon in the South County area, and one of only a few in the St. Louis area, to perform this surgery.

“I was very pleased with Dr. Ross,” Charlie said.

Recovery time and the healing process were fast, and Charlie was able to resume normal activity soon after surgery.

The potential benefits of single-incision surgery include minimal scarring and pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, short hospital stay and higher patient satisfaction.

“Robotically, I can see better,” Dr. Ross said. “Seeing is everything in surgery.”

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

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