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General Surgery

Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy

gall_bladderRobotic surgery is a technique in which the surgeon performs surgery with the assistance of robotic technology. Robotic surgery offers increased precision and control for surgeons and also benefits patients as it involves small incisions, which significantly reduce recovery time.

Robotic surgical system is more complex and requires experienced and skilled surgeons to perform the surgery. Robotic system may be used for a number of different procedures, including gallbladder removal. Gallbladder is a pear shaped organ that aids digestion and stores bile produced by the liver. The surgery to remove the gallbladder is known as cholecystectomy.

Cholecystectomy may be recommended for patients with gallbladder diseases or whose symptoms cannot be controlled using medications.

Cholecystectomy procedure is performed to remove gallstones in the gallbladder and bile duct. The procedure also treats inflammation of the pancreas and gallbladder. Cholecystectomy is also indicated in patients with gallbladder trauma, gallbladder cancer, acute cholecystitis, and other complications of gallstones.

Traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy requires multiple small incisions on the abdominal wall. Robotic assisted single insicion cholecystectomy offers several benefits over the traditional multiport surgery that is used to remove gallbladder. During robotic assisted single insicion cholecystectomy the surgeon controls the robotic arms from a computer station next to the patient. The robotic system consists of three arms; one arm holds a high-magnification endoscopic camera that allows the surgeon to view highly magnified 3D images and the other other two arms carry instruments to perform the surgery. These tools are placed into your body through a small incision through the belly button to remove the gallbladder. It is cosmetically less visible than traditional laparoscopic multiple incision cholecystectomy, and since there is only one incision there may be less post-operative pain.

Robotic/laparoscopic surgery offers several advantages over the traditional surgery including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Less pain
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick recovery time and return to normal activities