Meriter Surgeon Increases Minimally Scarless Gallbladder Surgery

The surgical team at Meriter was the first in Madison to perform a da Vinci® Single-Site Cholecystectomy in October 2012 and now the surgery is being performed almost weekly. The gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision of approximately one-inch in the belly button using robotic surgery and making the procedure virtually scarless.

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC),approximately 500,000 gallbladder surgeries or cholecystectomies are performed each year in the United States.

“Robotic use and non-robotic single-site approaches to surgery are not new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder allows surgeons to do the same surgery easier. It requires significant training and special equipment,” says Dr. Susan Toth, MD, Division Chair of General Surgery of the Meriter Medical Group. “To be the first hospital in Madison to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Meriter’s leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options.”

Benefits of Single-Site gallbladder surgery include minimal preparation steps, virtually scarless results, minimal pain, recovery of up to a few days and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.

Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.

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