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Gallbladder 

Gallbladder function

The gallbladder is a small organ in your right upper abdomen, underneath the liver. It collects and stores a liquid called bile that helps your body break down food. Small-hard deposits called gallstones can form in the gallbladder, known as a common gallbladder disorder. If you develop gallstones symptoms or gallbladder disease symptoms if your gallbladder is no longer working correctly, you may need robotic-gallbladder surgery.

Gallbladder Problems and Disorders

Gallstones in gallbladder

Gallbladder disorder is often caused by gallstones. The gallbladder can get inflamed from gallstones blocking the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. Another problem is gallbladder dyskinesia or inability of the gallbladder to contract, requiring robotic gallbladder surgery. Gallbladder polyps, Gallstone-pancreatitis are other common gallbladder problems.

You are more likely to get gallstones or gallbladder disorder if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have had children
  • Are overweight
  • Are over 40

You might also get gallstones if other people in your family had them.

Gallbladder Symptoms

Sharp abdominal pain
Nausea
vomiting

Indigestion
Fever
Yellow skin

What tests are done to detect gallstones & gallbladder problems ?

Gallbladder Ultrasound.

You can order a CT scan or a HIDA scan. The HIDA scan uses an injection of dye to show how well your gallbladder is working.

Gallstones rarely go away on their own. The success of treatments to break up gallstones is low. The most effective way to treat these disorders is through cholecystectomy or gallbladder surgery removal.

Robotic Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

In the past, doctors made a large cut (incision) in the belly to remove the gallbladder, called open surgery. Today, doctors can do this surgery with tiny instruments and just a few small cuts, called laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. However, advances in robotic gallbladder surgery have dramatically changed the way surgeons approach cholecystectomy.

Da Vinci Robotic surgery is the upgrade of laparoscopy. The advantage is the use of instruments that rotate and articulate with a 3D HD view of your gallbladder, for enhanced vision precision and efficient action by the surgeon. Remember, it is the surgeon, not the robot, that is in full control of your gallbladder surgery.
Robotic laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is done under general anesthesia. Small 5mm or 8mm skin incisions are made. Then, long, narrow instruments are inserted to gently disconnect your gallbladder and take it out through one of the incisions. Dr. Arevalo  uses the latest technology in gallbladder surgery, as a special fluorescent dye to see your gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.

Patients who undergo robotic laparoscopic gallbladder surgery have a small scar, less pain, and faster recovery than open surgery.
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