Single Site Gallbladder Surgery
There is more than one way that your doctor may remove a gallbladder. With traditional open surgery an incision is made in the adbomen. This incision is typically about 6 inches long and below your ribs on the right side.
With our single site surgical system, your surgeon makes one small incision in your belly button to remove your gallbladder – similar to single incision laparoscopy. As a result, patients end up with virtually scarless results. The system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system. As a result your doctor is able to operate with enhanced vision and precision.
Your Surgical Experience
Receiving excellent care in a safe and comfortable environment is important to every patient facing surgery. It may be helpful to read the information provided so that you will arrive at the hospital prepared and know what to expect. You may also want a loved one to read this information so they will also know what to expect.
Knowing what to expect before, during and after gallbladder surgery may help you to feel more confident about the surgical experience.
Before your surgery
In the days or hours leading up to surgery, medical tests are done by your doctor or nursing staff. The main goal is to make sure you are ready for surgery. The tests and health checks may include:
- Blood tests: Checks your blood count, liver function and blood coagulation (how quickly your blood clots).
- Abdominal ultrasound: A common test that checks for gallstones.
- Health check: Your surgeon will ask questions about your health history. He/she will also ask about medications you may be taking and explain pain control options you may be offered after surgery. Your doctor or nursing staff will give you pre-surgery instructions to follow closely, such as not eating or drinking anything 4-8 hours before surgery.
- Health check: The day before or morning of surgery, your anesthesiologist will meet with you by phone or in person. The anesthesiologist is the doctor who sedates you - puts you to sleep - during surgery. He/she will review any allergies you have or medicine you may be taking, and explain what happens when you are put to sleep during surgery.
Day of Surgery
The day before and day of surgery, your doctors and nurses will give you instructions about what to do to avoid problems with surgery. Common instructions and tips are listed below.
Instructions Before Surgery
- Don't eat or drink anything the day of surgery
- Bring your insurance card
- Wear loose fitting clothes
- Bring a list of any medications you are taking
- Leave valuables with a loved one or at home
- Make sure you have someone to drive you to and from the hospital
What Happens Next
Once you are at the hospital, a wristband will be placed on your arm with your name and other identifying information on it. A nurse will start an intravenous line (IV) in your arm. The IV sends fluids into your body through a thin tube. One of the liquids may be a medicine to help you relax before surgery.
Medical staff will wheel you into the operating room and you will then receive general anesthesia. The anesthesia puts you to sleep and allows you to stay sleep through surgery. Your surgeon will then remove your gallbladder.