Single Incision Surgery for Gallbladder Disease

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center offers the best of both worlds: advanced healthcare technology combined with the feeling of a community hospital. Now, with the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, the latest version of the world's most advanced robotic surgery system, our surgeons have the advantage when performing minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including some types of cancer.

Plus, with the recent addition of Single-Site™ da Vinci technology, we are among the first hospitals in this region to be able to perform certain surgeries through a single incision as small as an inch. This advanced surgical technique was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration specifically for cholecystectomy procedures, the removal of the gallbladder.

With Single-Site™ da Vinci technology, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in this region to be able to treat gallbladder disease with just one small incision.

Q. What are the benefits of Single-Site™ da Vinci Surgery for treating gallbladder disease?

A. This advanced surgical technique, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, enables us to reduce the number of incisions needed during a cholecystectomy, the removal of the gallbladder, from four down to one tiny incision in the belly-button.

Single-Site™ da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art robotic technology to translate a surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of instruments inside your body. The system allows for enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Potential benefits to the gallbladder patient include:

  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay
  • Little visible scarring
Because the incision is made in the navel, the patient is left without a noticeable scar. Patients spend a minimal amount of time in surgery and usually return home the same day with little discomfort.

In short, it's made minimally invasive surgery even less invasive. With this additional technology in place, we are poised to expand the types of single-site surgeries we offer once they are approved.

Patient Story

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