Robotic Cholecystectomy for Gallbladder Disease
A robotic cholecystectomy is an advanced, minimally-invasive procedure that may be necessary if you are experiencing gallstones or inflammation, infection, blockage of the gallbladder (biliary dyskinesia). The problem with gallbladder disease is that it can remain asymptomatic for years, preventing early treatment of the disease that can sometimes be controlled by dietary changes. However, once you actually begin to feel the symptoms of gallbladder disease, surgery is often the only way to effectively correct the problem. Otherwise, you may continue to experience pain, tissue decay, and digestive problems that can pose great dangers to your health. Our highly-skilled and experienced team of surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center are well-equipped to help you if you are experiencing symptoms of gallbladder disease.
Gallbladder Disease Symptoms
Some common symptoms of gallbladder disease include:
- Abdominal or back pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever or chills
These symptoms are usually felt right after meals, especially after consuming fatty or greasy foods. Once patients begin to feel the symptoms of gallbladder disease, surgery is usually needed to remove the gallstones, decayed tissues, or even the entire damaged gallbladder itself.
In the past, laparoscopic surgery was the main treatment of gallbladder disease. Today, there is another effective option that we have experienced high patient satisfaction rates with: advanced robotic technology. Robotic cholecystectomy allows surgeons to carefully insert small robotic instruments into the treatment area. The instruments amplify the surgeon’s vision to help him better identify the surgical field. They also mimic the surgeon’s hand and increase dexterity with smaller, more precise movements.
The benefits of robotic cholecystectomy generally include:
- Reduction of time spent in the hospital
- Lower risk of complications during surgery
- Minimal pain and scarring
- Decreased blood loss during surgery
- Faster recovery time
Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy
Robotic cholecystectomy can be performed with a few incisions or just one small incision. A single site cholecystectomy usually involves only one incision of less than one inch in length near the belly button. Robotic single site cholecystectomy typically yields superior cosmetic results and higher patient satisfaction because the incision needed to insert the robotic device is so tiny that the procedure often results in less pain and reduced scarring.
How It Works
At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, we use the da Vinci® Surgical System for both multi-incision and single-incision cholecystectomy. With this advanced technology, the surgeon controls robotic instrumentation and a high-definition, 3D camera to perform a more precise and controlled dissection of tissues.
A small incision will be made by your surgeon at the treatment site. The robotic camera and flexible working instruments will be inserted to begin surgery. Your doctor will have an enhanced view of the surgical treatment area. During the procedure, the robotic instruments will be completely manipulated by your surgeon to remove the affected areas causing gallbladder disease.
The entire procedure typically takes about one hour. Patients usually can leave the hospital immediately following surgery, with most average hospital stays being about two hours long. Generally, patients can resume their regular diet and light activities the same day of surgery. Full recovery typically occurs within a couple of weeks following surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. However, robotic cholecystectomy is designed to minimize those risks and our surgeons take the utmost precautions to ensure the safest possible treatment.
If you have any questions about robotic cholecystectomy, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact us today.