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Gallbladder Surgery

What Is A Gallstone?

A gallstone is a type of blockage. They are formed from cholesterol and/or pigment found in the gallstone. Eighty percent of gallstones form from cholesterol. They can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball and must be passed through the gallbladder. When they don’t pass on their own, medication or surgery (like the da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy) may be necessary.

What Are The Symptoms Of Gallbladder Disease?

If you have inflammation, infection, or an obstruction/blockage in your gallbladder, then you likely have gallbladder disease. Some people don’t discover they have the disease until they receive blood work at their doctor’s office. However, most people learn they have the disease upon experiencing the pain associated with a gallstone.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Gallstone?

You may have a gallstone if you have severe pain for a period of time on the right side of your upper abdomen. A gallstone produces a steady, consistent type of pain. You may even have pain in between your shoulder blades or in your right shoulder. If you have pain for several hours and you have nausea, a fever, yellow skin, and pass clay-colored stool, then it’s time to see a doctor. Don’t delay.

Who Gets Gallstones?

Anyone can get a gallstone or gallbladder disease, but women between the ages of 20 and 60 are three times more likely to get it. You may be at high risk for gall stones if you have a family history of gallstone disease, are obese or recently lost a lot of weight, have a sedentary lifestyle, take certain medications, are over 40, or take certain medications.

How Common Are Gallstones?

Severe abdominal pain is the number one reason for ER and hospital admissions.  It’s very common.

What Is The da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy Surgery?

da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy is a term for a special kind of gallbladder surgery that requires a single incision in the belly button. Other gallbladder surgery methods include the “open chol,” which requires one large incision, and a style of laparoscopic surgery, which requires three small incisions.

Why Do People Choose Single-Site Surgery?

There are a number of reasons to choose this particular gallbladder surgery. First, you will experience minimal pain and will likely go home from the hospital on the same day. You’ll be back to normal within a week. Second, this single site surgery requires the doctor to make a tiny incision in your belly button only, and that means you’ll have very little blood loss and hardly any scar at all.

Should I Get Single Incision Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery?

Not everyone should receive the single-site gallbladder surgery. Those with a complex anatomy or adhesions from a previous surgery may not be candidates. Learn if it’s right for you by visiting with the doctors at the Robotic Surgical Institute.

Is The Robotic Surgery System Automatic?

The DaVinci System is not an automatic system. Yes, a robot is involved in the surgery, but the doctor controls the device while viewing your gallbladder on a high-quality 3DHD screen, with an up to 10x zoom feature. The device reduces shaking/tremors that occur naturally in the human hand. With DaVinci, the robot allows the doctor to make smaller and more precise movements.

Have more questions about single-site surgery? Contact the Robotic Surgical Institute to learn more. It’s our specialty.