da Vinci Single-Site gallbladder surgery:

One tiny incision. In just one place.

gfx-davinci-hand-with-copySuffering 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 bellybutton.

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 hand.

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.

Common symptoms

  • 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 shoulder
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Chills and/or fever
  • Yellowish discoloration of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Clay-colored stools

content-kulczar-pic-borderMelinda 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

content-young-pic-borderDavid 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 prostatectomy.

Click here to view Dr. Young’s video discussing gallbladder disease and the da Vinci surgical system.