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da Vinci Single-Site Robotic Surgery for Gallbladder (Cholecystectomy)

With da Vinci Single-Site™ gallbladder surgery, patients at Davis Hospital and Medical Center now have more options than ever before. This advanced surgical system, intended specifically for cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), is an add-on feature for the already widely adapted da Vinci Surgical System.

The board-certified physicians at Davis Hospital and Medical Center are highly trained and experienced in performing this procedure. In fact, in the last year, surgeons at Davis Hospital and Medical Center performed the most Single-Site™ robotic-assisted surgeries in Utah.

Who needs gallbladder surgery?

A doctor may recommend that you have gallbladder removal surgery if:

  • You suffer from gallstones.
  • You have gallbladder inflammation.
  • You have pancreatitis.
  • You have severe liver problems.

Common symptoms of gallstones and gallbladder problems may include indigestion, nausea, vomiting, infection (of the gallbladder), and pain after eating. You may feel this pain in the upper right or middle area of the belly. Only a physician can evaluate your gallbladder and recommend a therapy.

Can I live a normal life without my gallbladder?

Many people, when told they need a cholecystectomy, are concerned that they’ll need drugs in order to eat and live a normal life. However, it is entirely possible to live a normal and healthy life without the gallbladder. The organ serves as a holding tank for the digestive juices produced by the liver. When it’s removed, these juices go directly from the liver to the stomach. While you can live a normal life without the gallbladder, your physician may recommend reducing fat intake and gradually increasing fiber intake after having cholecystectomy.

da Vinci Gallbladder Surgery

da Vinci Single-SiteTM surgery offers significant improvements over laparoscopic gallbladder surgery – which, in many hospitals, is the “gold standard” of gallbladder removal surgery. During a da Vinci cholecystectomy procedure, the entire procedure is performed through a single site (as the name implies) in the belly button.

A special port, placed in the belly button, allows for all of the da Vinci surgeon’s thin, flexible tools to enter the body. The end result is a tiny scar, which – in many cases – cannot even be seen since it is hidden within the belly button.

As with any other da Vinci surgical procedure, the surgeon sits at a station just a few feet away from the robot and operating table where he or she can manipulate controls that guide the robot’s ultra-precise arms. An HD viewing monitor allows the physician a detailed 3D view of the gallbladder and surrounding tissues and organs.


da Vinci Single-SiteTM Benefits

da Vinci Single-SiteTM surgery may offer a number of benefits over traditional laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Potential benefits include:

  • Low rate of major complications
  • Virtually scarless results
  • Minimal pain
  • High patient satisfaction
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery

When compared to open cholecystectomy, da Vinci has these benefits, which are similar to single-incision laparoscopy:

  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of wound infection
  • Virtually scarless surgery
  • Short hospital stay
  • Low rate of major complications

Is da Vinci Single-SiteTM right for you?

If your physician has told you that you need to have your gallbladder removed, then da Vinci Single-SiteTM surgery may be right for you. There are a few medical conditions, such as pregnancy, morbid obesity, and abnormal blood clotting that may prevent a patient from being a candidate. Most patients, however, qualify for this low-risk micro-invasive surgery.

da Vinci Single-SiteTM Risks

As with any procedure, there are some risks associated with da Vinci Single-SiteTMgallbladder surgery. These potential risks – which apply to any type of gallbladder procedure – are important to know prior to having a procedure:

  • Injury to the small or large intestine
  • Injury to bile duct, liver, or pancreas
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)

Other risks specific to minimally invasive cholecystectomy include multiple incisions, urinary retention, hernia at incision site, and conversion to a different surgical technique.

For more information about da Vinci robot-assisted surgery in Layton, call Davis Hospital and Medical Center at 1-866-431-9355.


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