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da Vinci ® Cholecystectomy at Our Los Angeles Center

Cholecystectomy (koh-luh-si-stek-tuh-mee) is a surgery performed to remove the gallbladder, the pear-shaped organ situated under your liver. The gallbladder collects bile, a substance produced by the liver to help your stomach digest fatty foods. In some situations, an ineffective gallbladder may release bile too slowly. In others, painful gallstones can form resulting in blockages that keep the bile from getting back into the intestine. Clogging can cause severe swelling, inflammation, and infection.  

Symptoms of gallbladder related health issues consist of intermittent pain in the right-upper or middle abdomen. The pain is described as sharp, cramping and dull. In cases of infection, there can be fever, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, and clay-colored stools. Fortunately, you can survive without your gallbladder and continue to digest your food, which is why in some cases a physician may recommend a cholecystectomy.Today, surgical centers perform a cholecystectomy using laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure.  The operation consists of multiple small incisions where a laparoscope camera is inserted through a lighted tube to give the physician visibility to the surgical area -without a large open surgery cut. Then tiny pieces of the organ are removed through the multiple incisions which are under ½ inch each.

Fastest Recovery Surgery – The da Vinci® Cholecystectomy 

Innovations in minimally invasive surgery now make it possible for there to be only one incision for robotic cholecystectomy surgery, known as a single port cholecystectomy. This surgery is performed using the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System. The experienced surgeons at miVIP Los Angeles are specially trained in using this advanced technology. The robotic assisted da Vinci approach has been scientifically proven to result in less pain and shorter recoveries. This is because da Vinci Cholecystectomy affords greater control and dexterity to the surgeon, allowing capability to go places human hands cannot reach without larger open surgery. Even better, the da Vinci high-definition imaging provides a three-dimensional image of the inside of your abdominal area. Better visual clarity leads to better gallbladder removal results and fewer complications. Patients are typically in an out of surgery within a few hours and back to their lives with no hospital stay. With less tissues damaged during surgery, miVIP Los Angeles patients have higher healing rates and less pain. 


What Happens During Gallbladder Surgery?

Before surgery you will be given anesthesia. First, a surgeon makes either multiple incisions or one incision depending on if the da Vinci Cholecystectomy is elected. The surgeon will use carbon dioxide to inflate your abdominal cavity for a better viewpoint. The gallbladder is removed and stitches are used to contain bleeding. Gallstones or other issues with your bile duct will be removed or corrected. The surgery will last a few hours and you will need someone available to take you home afterwards. You may experience mild diarrhea. The best part is painful symptoms subside quickly after the gallbladder is removed. 

Discuss the Benefits and Risks with your Physician

While using the da Vinci and a single port of access helps to minimize risks associated with cholecystectomy there are inherent risks: 
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Intestinal injury
  • Injury to your bile duct
  • Hernia formation at the incision site

Our goal at miVIP is for our patients to have complete confidence in our ability to perform minimally invasive procedures with the best possible outcomes. You can trust that miVIP recruits and employs only the most experienced, world- class, board certified surgeons.

Who Is A Candidate for da Vinci Robotic Cholecystectomy?

A host of gallbladder-related conditions may require cholecystectomy surgery:
  • Gallbladder polyp - larger than 1 cm 
  • Porcelain gallbladder- calcification of the gallbladder tissue that occurs with frequent gallstones
  • Biliary colic - gallstones that cause painful cramping
  • Biliary dyskinesia - a disease where bile flows backwards into the gallbladder
Patients who are pregnant, have severe systemic or life threatening diseases- such as morbid obesity, chronic renal failure, unstable angina- cannot undergo the da Vinci single-port cholecystectomy procedure because of the risks involved. 
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