Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, or blockage (obstruction) of the gallbladder. The most common blockage is a gallstone. Gallstones are pebble-like and solid. They can be as large as a golf ball or as small as a grain of sand.
Symptoms of gallbladder disease may include pain in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen, abdominal fullness, clay-colored stool, fever, nausea and vomiting, or yellowing of skin and whites of eyes (jaundice).
Depending on how severe your symptoms are, doctors may need to remove your gallbladder. If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, you may be a candidate for da Vinci cholecystectomy - a minimally invasive procedure using state-of-the-art technology. da Vinci cholecystectomy is a single incision alternative to multi-incision surgery to help you can get back to your life. da Vinci enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control.
da Vinci cholecystectomy offers many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Less blood loss
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.
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