The field of minimally-invasive surgery is an ever-expanding one, and robotic single site cholecystectomy is on the cutting-edge of it. Cholecystectomy, or removal of the Gall Bladder, has classically been done with open or laparoscopic surgery, but most people who require a cholecystectomy are candidates for the robotic single-site procedure.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the single site robotic platform in December, 2011. The process uses a single incision technique, and the surgeon sits at a console and operates robotic arms with controls while viewing a high definition image of the patient’s internal anatomy (captured with a small camera, which the surgeon can also manipulate from the console). The limitations of single incision laparoscopy can be overcome by the far more nimble range of movement afforded the instruments of this robotic surgical system, and the software associates left-hand controls with tools appearing on the left side of the visual display, and right-hand controls to right side tools, allowing for an intuitive experience for the surgeon.
Frequent benefits of this surgical approach include minimal blood loss and pain, almost no scarring, quick recovery, a brief hospital stay, and patient satisfaction.
If you would like more information about the robotic single-site cholecystectomy procedure, please schedule an appointment with Dr. El-Ghazzawy.