Single Site Cholecystectomy

Recover Quickly after da Vinci Cholecystectomy Procedure

The gallbladder is responsible for producing bile, a compound that helps you digest fats. When diseased, this pear-shaped organ can become blocked, causing pain and releasing bile slowly or not at all. If your gallbladder is being blocked with gallstones, you may experience sharp or dull pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, as well as nausea and vomiting, fever, clay-colored stools and jaundice (the yellow coloring of the skin).

You don’t need your gallbladder in order to stay healthy. In fact, if it becomes blocked with gallstones or otherwise diseased, the best thing to do is to have it removed. As well as being severely painful, a diseased gallbladder is also dangerous to your health. Conditions other than gallstones that may necessitate gallbladder removal include biliary dyskinesia, in which bile flows backwards into the gallbladder; porcelain gallbladder, in which frequent occurrences of gallstones cause the organ to become calcified; and gallbladder polyps with a diameter larger than a centimeter.

How is Gallbladder Surgery Performed?

The procedure for removing a gallbladder is known as a cholecystectomy. While traditional approaches in performing a cholecystectomy make use of one large incision over the site of the gallbladder, surgeons at miVIP use minimally invasive techniques to access the gallbladder by means of a much smaller incision. The single site cholecystectomy, or single port cholecystectomy as it is also known, performed at miVIP is one of the state-of-the-art procedures in the da Vinci Surgery System, which helps to shorten recovery times and minimize bleeding and scarring. In fact, scarring often does not occur at all.

The da Vinci cholecystectomy procedure gives surgeons more control by acting as an extra pair of dexterous and reliable hands. By using the controls on the da Vinci interface, your surgeon will carefully remove the gallbladder through a tiny incision in your navel. The abdominal cavity will be inflated with carbon dioxide gas to improve visualization. After the gallbladder is removed, the surgeon will check for further issues with your gallbladder and bile duct and then apply sutures to keep bleeding to a minimum.

The Surgeons at miVIP

Gallbladder surgeons at miVIP have completed specialized training in the techniques that make up the da Vinci cholecystectomy procedure. By mastering gallbladder robotic surgery, miVIP surgeons are able to perform cholecystectomies with greater access and precision, thereby allowing you to return to your everyday activities much more quickly.

What to Expect after a Single Site Cholecystectomy

Most patients who have a cholecystectomy performed with the da Vinci Surgery System leave the hospital a few hours after the procedure and enjoy a quick, uneventful recovery. Although risks are kept to a minimum with this minimally invasive treatment, possible complications can include bleeding, infection, injury to intestines or the bile duct, or the formation of a hernia at the site of the incision. You should discuss risks with your surgeon prior to the surgery if you are concerned.

Cost of the Procedure

The cost of robotic gallbladder surgery depends on your insurance plan. If your plan requires that a deductible be met before compensation is provided, you might need to spend some money out of pocket. Our staff at miVIP will work with you to come up with a financial plan to cover the procedure’s cost.

If you have been diagnosed with a gallbladder issue that makes cholecystectomy a necessity and you would like to have treatment be as minimally invasive as possible, call miVIP for an appointment today. Our friendly staff can help you at 855-496-4847.

Not all patients are good candidates for the da Vinci single site cholecystectomy. If you are pregnant or have a life-threatening or serious systemic disease, such as chronic kidney failure, morbid obesity, or congestive heart failure, you may not be able to undergo the procedure. The surgeons at miVIP will be able to help you determine the best option for your treatment.