Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ and part of your digestive system. Your gallbladder is where bile is stored before being released into the small intestine. Located behind the liver in the upper-right section of your abdomen, the gallbladder concentrates bile as a means to help your body process fat.
Gallbladder conditions are common and primarily detected after a biliary colic (gallbladder attack) related to cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and/or gallstones. Any of these conditions can cause nausea, bloating, pain in the abdomen and vomiting.
In some instances, these conditions can be managed through lifestyle changes and/or medication. When those options don’t alleviate the symptoms, surgery may be needed. Gallbladder surgery is more formally known as a cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgeries and is now generally performed through a manual laparoscopic procedure. Your surgeon would make several small incisions in your abdomen, giving them access to your gallbladder for repair or removal. This minimally invasive procedure was designed to minimize pain and blood loss while also speeding up patient recovery times and reducing other possible complications.
Robotic Gallbladder Surgery
Through the use of the State of the Art Surgical System, our team of skilled surgeons can now perform a virtually scarless procedure on your gallbladder. Through one tiny incision made at your navel (belly-button), your surgeon is able to have full access to your gallbladder, leaving less visible scaring than through traditional laparoscopic methods. The enhanced vision and dexterity provided to your surgeon though the da Vinci technology are second-to-none.
Some of the benefits of robotic gallbladder surgery include:
- Precise removal of tissue or gallbladder organ
- Low rate of surgical complications
- Short hospital stay
- Minimal blood loss
- Expedited recovery
- No visible scaring or disfigurement