Oneida Healthcare is on the cutting edge of advancing techniques as we now offer single-site procedures, providing even greater advantages over traditional and laparoscopic techniques. Oneida Healthcare is the first hospital in the region to perform single-site Cholecystectomies using the da Vinci surgical system. In fact, our single-site program has earned “Training Center” designation from da Vinci, so now other surgeons come to Oneida Healthcare to learn about this exciting advanced technique. Experience counts!
Understanding your Gallbladder
- Gallbladder disease is very common, but the symptoms and causes can vary from person to person. It is important to know the common signs of gallstones or gallbladder disease and to see your doctor about any symptoms that worry you. Only a doctor can diagnose these conditions.
- If your family doctor or general practitioner believes there is a problem with your gallbladder, you may be referred to a doctor or surgeon who specializes in the digestive system.
- If you have gallbladder disease and want to learn more about the symptoms, causes, treatments and surgical options, click on the link below. Hopefully, this detailed information will help you to make the right decision based on your situation.
The Condition: Gallstones and Gallbladder Diseases
Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver that stores and concentrates bile to help digest fat. Gallbladder disease includes: inflammation, infection, or blockage (obstruction) of the gallbladder. The most common blockage is a gallstone. Gallstones are pebble-like and solid. They can be as large as a golf ball or as small as a grain of sand.
Gallbladder disease is very common, affecting about 10-15% of adults in Europe and the U.S.1 It is more common in women, Native Americans, Hispanics, the obese and people over age 40.2 Symptoms of gallbladder disease may include: pain in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen, abdominal fullness, clay-colored stool, fever, nausea and vomiting, or yellowing of skin and whites of eyes (jaundice). 3
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2. Wren SM, Curet MJ. Single-port robotic cholecystectomy: results from a first human use clinical study of the new da Vincisingle-site surgical platform. Arch Surg. 2011 Oct;146(10):1122-7. Epub 2011 Jun 20.
3. Spinoglio G, Lenti LM, Maglione V, Lucido FS, Priora F, Bianchi PP, Grosso F, Quarati R. Single-site robotic cholecystectomy (SSRC) versus single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC): comparison of learning curves. First European experience. Surg Endosc. 2012 Jun;26(6):1648-55. doi: 10.1007/s00464-011-2087-1. Epub 2011 Dec 17.
4. Buzad FA, Corne LM, Brown TC, Fagin RS, Hebert AE, Kaczmarek CA, Pack AN, Payne TN. Single-site robotic cholecystectomy: efficiency and cost analysis. Int J Med Robot. 2013 May 2. doi: 10.1002/rcs.1507. [Epub ahead of print]
5. National Institutes of Health. Gallbladder Removal Surgery.
Available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002930.htm