da Vinci Single-Site gallbladder surgery:
One tiny incision. In just one place.
Suffering from gallstones, gallbladder attacks or gallbladder
disease? The solution may be as close as ETMC.
If you thought the only thing worse than having gallbladder pain
would be having gallbladder surgery, it's time to think again.
Because now there's da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, available in East
Texas at ETMC.
What was once gallbladder removal surgery (known as
cholecystectomy) with multiple incision sites can now often be
performed through one tiny incision in just one place: your
The result is safer surgery, less pain, shorter recovery time
and a scar that's hidden, so no one will know it's there.
The da Vinci Single-Site Surgical System at ETMC is a highly
precise procedure that takes surgery beyond the limits of the human
About gallbladder disease
Gallbladder attacks are frequently caused by gallstones, which
are pebble-like deposits of hardened cholesterol and other
substances. Attacks can occur suddenly and without warning -
especially after a high-fat meal - and subside when gallstones
move. However, your gallbladder can become infected and rupture if
the blockage remains. See a doctor immediately if symptoms get
worse or include a fever.
- Pain in the upper right side of the stomach that starts
quickly and increases for 30 minutes to several hours
- Pain between your shoulder blades or under your right
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Chills and/or fever
- Yellowish discoloration of the skin or whites of the eyes
- Clay-colored stools
Melinda Kulczar of Henderson talks about her experience with the da Vinci Single-Site
Surgery at ETMC.
Click here to view Melinda's video.
About da Vinci Single-Site Surgery at ETMC
The da Vinci Surgical System features a magnified 3-D
high-definition vision system coupled with flexible instruments
that enable your doctor to operate with enhanced vision and
precision. With da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, your gallbladder is
removed through one tiny incision in the bellybutton.
Benefits of da Vinci Single-Site gallbladder surgery
- Low rate of complications
- Minimal pain
- Fast recovery time
- Hidden scar
- High postsurgical patient satisfaction
David L. Young, MD, is the most experienced surgeon in the
region at performing cholecystectomy using the da Vinci Single-Site
Surgical System. Doctors at ETMC also use the da Vinci Surgical
System to perform colorectal surgery, hysterectomy and
Click here to view Dr. Young's video discussing gallbladder disease and the da Vinci surgical system.