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Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

People who require gallbladder removal may be a candidate for robotic surgery. Surgery is typically recommended for gallbladder pain from gallstones and nonfunctioning gallbladders.

Cholecystectomy can be performed using laparoscopic surgery techniques that require three to four small incisions. Some patients are candidates for Single-site robotic surgery. This technology allows for a single incision at the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased organ is removed. Single-site incision in the belly button may limit visible scarring. It is important to discuss all treatment options with your doctor, as well as the risks and benefits of each.

Some potential benefits to robotic surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Potential risks include conversion to other surgical techniques and multiple incisions. Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci is right for them. Visit www.davincisurgery.com/safety​ for more detailed safety information. The implementation of a da Vinci Surgery program is practice- and hospital-specific. Results will vary. Past customer experience does not imply any guarantee of results in practice or program success. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models. © 2014 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 1003049 Rev B 5/14​

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