Gallbladder Disease and Cholecystectomy
If you suffer from gallbladder disease, and your physician has recommended removing your gallbladder, you may be a candidate for single incision laparoscopic surgery, or you may be recommended for da Vinci surgery with minimally invasive robotic cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, or blockage (obstruction) of the gallbladder. The most common blockage is gallstones, which are as small as a grain of sand or in some cases as large as a golf ball.
Treatment for gallbladder disease may include routine medical care, medication and lifestyle changes. However, depending on how severe your symptoms are, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder in a procedure known as a cholecystectomy.
Surgical options at Northern Westchester Hospital offer the most advanced minimally invasive procedures, including performing the surgery with a single incision. Other options include the surgically sophisticated da Vinci Surgical System®. The da Vinci robot-assisted surgery uses tiny instruments, enhanced visualization of the surgical site, and requires smaller incisions than traditional laparoscopic surgery. A robotic cholecystectomy can sometimes be performed with a single incision, typically through the belly button, resulting in a virtually scarless operation.
Benefits of a Robotic Cholecystectomy
Because robotic surgery requires smaller incisions, patients benefit from:
- shorter recovery time
- less pain
- reduced blood loss and complications
- minimal scarring
Ask your doctor if robotic cholecystectomy and a single-site da Vinci surgery is right for you. Request a consultation by completing our online form. Or call our referral line: 877.4 NWH DOC (877.469.4362)