Gallbladder removal surgeries are one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country and Good Samaritan Hospital now offers patients the leading-edge, single-incision, minimally invasive robotic procedure for gallbladder removal.
Using Single-Site™ robotic instruments, surgeons are able to perform the surgery using only one incision, which is approximately 3 cm. Unlike traditional laparoscopic surgeries requiring four small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision to be made in the belly button. The single incision’s size and placement deliver better cosmetic results when healed.
During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console viewing 3-D, high-definition images while using controls to move robotic arms with attached surgical instruments. The system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The surgery can be performed in less than one hour with a typical hospital stay of two hours.
Single-site Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Benefits:
- Minimal scarring and improved cosmetic result upon healing
- Shorter hospital stays – enhancing quality and safety
- Faster recover times with significant reduction in post-operative pain
- Early return to work and daily activities
Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones, infection and nonfunctioning gallbladders.
Paryush Lakhtaria, MD, MRCS, FACS, is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for both oncological and gastrointestinal conditions. He is one of the few surgeons in the region who is trained and skilled enough to perform the single-incision procedure.
For more information about Robotic Surgery, please call 833.22.ROBOT
By Alan Roth