In the United States, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults have gallbladder disease. About a million new cases are diagnosed each year, and some 800,000 operations are performed to treat gallstones, making gallstone disease the most common gastrointestinal disorder requiring hospitalization in the western world.
Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle/changes and medication, but, if your symptoms get worse, your doctor may recommend a cholecystectomy, a surgery to remove your gallbladder.
Austin Regional Clinic offers minimally invasive surgical care using one of the most advanced and sophisticated tools, the da Vinci® Surgical System. The da Vinci® robotic system options for gallbladder removal include single incision/virtually scarless surgery or standard multiple incision surgery, depending on your condition. Either way, the benefits of using the da Vinci system for a cholecystectomy include minimal incisions and scarring, less pain, and quicker recovery time over traditional techniques.
Gallbladder disease includes:
- Inflammation or infection of the gallbladder
- Blockage (obstruction) of the gallbladder, commonly known as a gallstone
- Minimal scarring
- Less pain
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster return to daily activities
da Vinci Surgery for Gallbladder