General surgery is performed for a range of conditions affecting your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including cancer. When lifestyle changes, medication or other less invasive treatments do not help your condition, surgery is often recommended. If your doctor suggests surgery, learning about all available treatment options can help you to make the best decision for your situation and ease any anxiety you may feel about surgery.
All surgeries carry risk, but traditional open surgery with a large incision has significant drawbacks—pain, trauma, a long recovery and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are often available. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. With this approach, your surgeon uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments to operate on the targeted organ or tissue. Although laparoscopy may be effective for many routine procedures, it has limits when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex.
If you need surgery to treat your gastrointestinal condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® Surgery—a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure. Using the most advanced technology available today, the da Vinci® Surgical System allows your doctor to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Single-Site da Vinci® Surgery for Gallbladder Disease (Cholecystectomy)
To control or eliminate severe gallbladder symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder. Fortunately, the gallbladder is an organ that you can live without.
If you’ve been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci® Surgery. It is minimally invasive—performed through a single small incision using state-of-the-art technology.
Patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci® Surgery experience virtually scarless results. That’s because the surgeon operates through only one small incision in the navel (belly button). After a fast recovery, the scar is almost impossible to see.
Single-Site da Vinci® Surgery offers patients the following potential benefits:
- Minimal scarring
- Minimal pain
- Low blood loss
- Fast recovery
- Short hospital stay
- High patient satisfaction
This procedure is performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. da Vinci® is a state-of-the-art robotic surgical platform that translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of instruments inside your body. da Vinci’s vision system provides your surgeon with 3D-HD visualization allowing for enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. During the entire procedure, your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci® System.
Compared to manual single-port (access) laparoscopy, da Vinci surgeons have improved precision, control, better ergonomics and greater access. These advantages allow your surgeon to perform the most precise and comprehensive single-incision surgery available today.
Surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.
- Single-Site Cholecystectomy Patient Guide (PDF - 422KB)