da Vinci Cholecystectomy: Gallbladder removal
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located under your liver that stores and filters bile, which helps break down fats and cholesterols. Interference with this process can be caused by gallbladder diseases / disorders such as: inflammation, infection, or blockage of the gallbladder.
- Pain in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen
- Abdominal fullness
- Clay-colored stool
- Yellowing of skin and whites of eyes (jaundice)
If you suffer form any of the mentioned symptoms, please talk to your doctor.
Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle changes and medication. If your symptoms get worse, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your
A Cholecystectomy - or surgical removal of the gallbladder - can be performed using open surgery through a large incision or with minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy). Traditional laparoscopy using the da Vinci system requires three to five small incisions. da Vinci Single-Site procedure is a one-inch incision in the belly button, making the surgery virtually scarless.
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusions
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Quicker return to normal activities
Every surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Be sure to ask your doctor if this procedure is right for you.