What is Single-Site Gallbladder Removal Surgery?

If you have severe gallbladder symptoms, your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal. It’s an organ you can live without. Gallbladder removal is known as a cholecystectomy. It can be performed using open surgery through a large incision or with minimally invasive surgery known as laparoscopic surgery. With traditional laparoscopy and multi-port da Vinci surgery, surgeons operate through a few small incisions. With single incision traditional laparoscopy and da Vinci single-site surgery, we operate through one small incision in the navel (belly button).

Why da Vinci® Single-Site® Gallbladder Removal Surgery?

The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system coupled with flexible single-site instruments. These features enable your general surgeon to operate with enhanced vision and precision. Patients who choose da Vinci single-site surgery experience virtually no scarring. As a result of da Vinci technology, single-site cholecystectomy offers the following potential benefits:

  • Low rate of major complications
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery
  • Virtually scar-less results
  • High patient satisfaction
  • Minimal pain

A da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy offers the following potential benefits, similar to single-incision laparoscopy:

  • Low rate of major complications
  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of wound infection
  • Short hospital stay
  • Virtually scar-less surgery

Potential risks of a cholecystectomy procedure include:

  • Injury to bile ducts, liver, pancreas
  • Injury to small or large intestine
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)

In addition to the above risks, there are risks related to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy, such as multiple incisions, conversion to another surgical technique, urinary retention and hernia (bulging tissue) at the incision site.

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