General Surgery

The gallbladder is a small organ that sits beneath the liver. It aids in the digestion of fat and concentrates the bile produced by the liver. Gallbladder disease and gallstones are common disorders of the gallbladder. Removing the gallbladder generally poses no complications to the digestive system.


Surgical removal of the gallbladder is a common treatment for gallstones and other gallbladder conditions. The standard procedure for gallbladder surgical removal, or cholecystectomy, is performed laparoscopically with four small incisions strategically placed around the abdomen. A more invasive procedure, called open cholecystectomy, may also be used to surgically remove the gallbladder.

da Vinci Surgery

Single-Site da Vinci Surgery is minimally invasive, performed through one small incision through the navel (belly button). Gallbladder patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci Surgery typically experience virtually scarless results. After recovery, the scar is almost impossible to see.


Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
Open Surgery
da Vinci Surgery


Benefits of da Vinci Surgery

For most patients, robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System offers numerous benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

This procedure is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. Da Vinci is a state-of-the-art robotic surgical platform that translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of instruments inside your body. Da Vinci’s vision system provides your surgeon with 3D-HD visualization allowing for enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. During the entire procedure, your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System.

By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.

Find a da Vinci Surgeon

Visit the da Vinci Surgeons page to see which physicians have been trained and certified to use the da Vinci Surgical System.

Information and images provided courtesy of Intuitive Surgical.