Doctors often recommend surgery when medicine and lifestyle changes cannot ease your abdominal or gastrointestinal symptoms. If your doctor recommends surgery, learning about all surgical options can help you to make the best decision for your situation.

da Vinci® Surgery is a minimally invasive option for patients facing abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery, such as gallbladder removal, also known as cholecystectomy, or acid reflux surgery (GERD). The da Vinci® Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci® System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci® cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Together, the da Vinci® System and your doctor are able to perform surgery through one incision*, or a few small incisions – similar to traditional laparoscopy. As a result, you may be able to get back to life without the usual recovery that follows major surgery.

“Using the da Vinci robot dramatically limits visible scarring since it is one single incision. For my patients, it has become the chosen method of gallbladder removal,” says Dr. Joseph Garcia, ARC General Surgeon at ARC Far West Medical Tower and ARC Southwest.

This method of robotic surgery has such high patient satisfaction and success that Dr. Garcia offers this as the first option to his patients. In one case, Dr. Garcia performed a cholecystectomy on a teenager and a week later she went to Disney World with her family.

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Potential Benefits1:

  • Virtually scarless results
  • Minimal pain
  • Less acid reflux after surgery
  • Able to get back to life faster

*da Vinci® Single-Site surgery is available for cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). All other da Vinci® general surgery procedures are done through a few small incisions.


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