In a cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery) a surgeon will remove the gallbladder, either through laparoscopy or traditional open surgery, the latter requiring larger incisions. Also, since there may be many affected areas, the treatment may require an endoscopic procedure (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP) to remove the gallstones before the gallbladder can be removed. Though surgery may not always be required, it is the only tried and true method to completely eliminate gallstones.
Robotic Gallbladder Surgery
Robotic surgery surpasses the limitations of other minimally invasive surgical techniques like standard laparoscopic surgery. The precision of the smaller movements implemented in robotic surgery will allow surgeon to decisively perform the surgery by guiding the surgical instruments through special controls that move the robotic arms. It is a combination of the personal experience of a surgeon and the exact precision of robotic technology. During the surgery, the computer software will filter out a surgeon’s naturally occurring hand tremors and will not transmit it to the robotic arm. Robotic surgery is also physically less draining on surgeons as they are not needed to stand during the entire surgery. Also, the increased viewing capabilities and three-dimensional magnification improves the comfort of the surgeon. All these factors allow for a much smoother and successful surgery.
Not all hospitals have access to robotic surgery, but the advantages of it are unparalleled. Not only are incisions smaller and more precise, there is less blood loss, less pain, faster recovery time, shorter hospital stay, and less use of pain medication.
If you have been diagnosed with gallstones or had previous cholecystitis, consider having an operation, or at least being evaluated by a surgeon to determine if an operation is the right thing for you.
Benefits of the new robotic laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure
Benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy can include:
- Minimal scarring
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay – enhancing quality and safety
Recovery after gallbladder surgery
You may have gallbladder surgery as an outpatient, or you may stay 1 or 2 days in the hospital. Most people can return to their normal activities in 7 to 10 days. People who have laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are sore for about a week. Patients who have had the robotic laparoscopic procedure generally have a faster recovery.
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