Cholecystectomy (SILS)

Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease

When a stone becomes lodged in one of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, these stones can cause the following symptoms:

  1. Severe pain in the upper right abdomen that can travel to the upper back.
  2. Fever and chills
  3. Nausea that also my by accompanied by vomiting
  4. Yellowing of the eyes or skin, also know as jaundice
  5. Dark urine or clay colored stools


Gallbladder Surgery

By utilizing a minimally invasive procedure, a single two centimeter incision in the belly button can now treat conditions of the gallbladder. This eliminates the standard open cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) that uses a larger incision made in the lower abdomen. The SILS procedure removes the gallbladder by inserting a SILS Port, a soft, flexible instrument, into the belly button. This instrument has three distinct openings that allow the surgeon to operate three surgical devices simultaneously. Once the surgery is complete, the SILS Port is removed leaving one small incision. It eliminates visible scars, by hiding this small incision within the belly button. This also requires shorter hospital stay of one to three days and a faster recovery time of about two weeks when compared to the typical open cholecystectomy.
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