If you have a gallbladder attack or severe symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove your gallbladder. It’s an organ you can live without. Gallbladder removal is known as a cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder Surgery: Know Your Options
Gallbladder surgery can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or minimally invasively (through a few small incisions or one belly button incision) using da Vinci Surgery or traditional laparoscopy.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
Surgeons using da Vinci technology can remove your gallbladder through one small incision (cut) in your belly button using Single-Site* technology, or through a few small incisions. da Vinci Single-Site patients experience virtually scar less results, like single-incision traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
Risks & Considerations Related to Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal):injury to the common bile duct (tube that carries bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine), leaking bile, inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis), retained stones in the common bile duct.
WHEN IS SINGLE-SITE TECHNOLOGY USED AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.