During a robotic-assisted cholecystectomy procedure (removal of the gallbladder), the surgeon retracts the gallbladder and dissects the cystic artery and cystic duct. The common bile duct from the liver is protected. Since visualization of the gallbladder and surrounding structures are clearly seen, surgery is done accurately and safely. The gallbladder is mobilized off the liver and removed, usually with gallstones.
In a single-site robotic-assisted cholecystectomy, the surgeon makes a 2 - 2.5 cm incision at the belly button and a special port with multiple holes is placed. Two special curve ports, flexible robotic instruments, camera port and a retractor port are placed. The gallbladder and cystic artery and cystic duct are then dissected and ligated. The gallbladder is then mobilized off of the liver and removed through the belly button. The fascia and the skin are then closed, and the incision is hidden within the belly button area.
How Robotic-Assisted Surgeries are Performed
Through robotic-assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small, 1–2 cm incisions. During an operation, the surgeon sits at a console in the surgical suite and directs the robotic arms to perform the surgery. The robot seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist and finger movements from controls at the console to the surgical instruments inside the patient.
Enabling Surgeons with
- Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, minimally invasive procedures.
- A magnified, high definition three-dimensional view when operating.
- Instruments that become an extension of the surgeon’s wrists, hands and fingers to move the tiny surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries Performed
- Cholecystectomy – a procedure for removal of the gallbladder.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
- Less post-operative pain
- Reduced trauma to the body
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities