da Vinci Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) is generally performed using manual laparoscopy. This technique uses several small incisions to access the gallbladder. The approach is intended to speed recovery, minimize pain, reduce blood loss and complications while offering the added benefit of minimal scarring.

Your surgeon may also perform laparoscopic surgery through one incision to virtually eliminate scarring. While this procedure does minimize scarring, there are limitations for the surgeon including: reduced visibility, restricted instrument control, restricted reach, and increased fatigue due to poor ergonomics. Also, some patients may not be candidates for single-incision laparoscopy if they have complex anatomy or adhesions from a prior surgery. Due to these challenges, your surgeon may need to convert the procedure to multi-incision surgery.

Image of the difference between an open and a da Vinci incision for gallbladder surgery.

Single-site Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to overcome the limitations of manual laparoscopy 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 - the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, the da Vinci System and Single-Site™ instruments allow your doctor to perform gallbladder surgery through a single incision. Patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci Surgery experience a virtually scar less procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the navel (belly button), which dramatically limits visible scarring.

The primary potential benefits of Single-Site da Vinci Surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay
  • High patient satisfaction

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.


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Learn More about da Vinci Robotic Gallbladder Surgery

If you are a candidate for gallbladder surgery, talk to an EvergreenHealth surgeon who performs da Vinci cholecystectomy. To find a surgeon, you can:

  • Search our Find a Doctor for Robotic Surgery - Gallbladder.
  • Call the EvergreenHealthline at 425.899.3000 and press "1" at the prompt.

For additional information on the da Vinci robotic gallbladder surgery:

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While gallbladder surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.