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Gallbladder Surgery: From Open Wound to Single Incision

Gallbladder surgery has evolved quite a bit over the years here in the United States. The way the gallbladder used to be taken out was through a large incision under the right side of the rib cage. We would go through a large incision to remove the gallbladder. Very painful. Length of stay in terms of hospital stay was anywhere from 4 to 5 days. In the late 1980’s we evolved into a multi-port laparoscopic or minimal invasive way of removing the gallbladder. Now, we have evolved into a single incision through the umbilicus to remove the gallbladder that several weeks after the surgery, one can’t tell whether the operation was performed or not. The complication rate of this operation will go close to zero, or as close to zero as anyone can get, because of the visualization of one doing this operation in terms of the 3D configuration. The way that the robotic instrument moves and handles is incredible. And also, the fact that patients leave very soon after the operation, most of the time, that day, and are very pleased with the results. It’s very gratifying for me. Captions by

Cesar Sullivan

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