Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy

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Learn about the robotic single site cholecystectomy and how it might help you.

What is robotic single site cholecystectomy?

Robotic single site cholecystectomy is a surgical method used to remove a gallbladder that has benign gallbladder diseases. Gallstones are an example of such a benign disease. Gallstones can block bile, a digestive fluid, from flowing through the gallbladder. Excessive build up of the bile can cause complications, making surgery necessary.

The traditional cholecystectomy required multiple incisions for gallbladder removal. However, the robotic single site cholecystectomy makes one small incision to remove the organ. The majority of patients who need their gallbladder removed are candidates for this surgery.

With robotic single site cholecystectomy, the surgeon utilizes robotic instruments through a console and remote. The console provides a high-definition image of the gallbladder’s anatomy. The surgeon can then manipulate the tiny instruments through the remote to make movements more precise.

Advantages of robotic single site cholecystectomy

  • Small incision. One advantage of robotic single site cholecystectomy is the small incision that is used. The incision can be made through the belly button and decrease chances of scars.
  • Quick surgery time. The surgery duration is usually less than one hour. This also reduces the risk of infection.
  • Decreased pain. Robotic single site cholecystectomy can decrease the amount of pain experienced after surgery.
  • Fast recovery. Recovery from robotic single site cholecystectomy is typically faster than with traditional surgery methods because the level of trauma to the body is reduced.

Possible complications of robotic single site cholecystectomy

While rare, there are possible complications from robotic single site cholecystectomy. They include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Problems or reactions caused by anesthesia
  • Damage to nearby organs

Preparing for robotic single site cholecystectomy

There are several important steps to prepare for robotic single site cholecystectomy. It is best to confirm your preparations with your surgeon.

  • Some medicine increases the risk of bleeding. Ask your surgeon if you should continue taking your medicine.
  • Do not eat or drink for a minimum of four hours prior to surgery.
  • Have someone ready to drive you and stay with you after your surgery.

If you are interested in robotic single site cholecystectomy, call us to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.


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