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Cholecystectomy

at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

The highly skilled and experienced surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will provide you with the best options if you are considering undergoing a cholecystectomy. The way this procedure is performed at our facility is through a minimally invasive approach thanks to our state-of-the-art technology. This means that the risk of complications is significantly lowered and the time of your recovery is greatly improved.

Cholecystectomy is an operation to remove the gallbladder. There's no other way to be sure to prevent gallstones except to remove the gallbladder; dietary changes usually won't do it.

You can live perfectly well without a gallbladder. While the fluid this organ secretes does aid in the digestion of fat, it is not strictly necessary to live healthfully.

For patients who have had several attacks of gallbladder pain, however, it is recommended to remove this organ before it requires an emergency operation.

This procedure is normally performed using laparoscopy. Open cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal through opening the abdomen, is uncommon today.

The laparoscopic approach lowers the risk of complications, improves recovery, and makes for much less discomfort to the patient.

With robotic surgery the da Vinci Si surgical robot enhances the surgeon's natural steadiness and precision, resulting in incisions that are more precise than is possible with the human hand alone.

Other advantages of minimally invasive surgical treatment are:

  • The risk for negative side effects is very low
  • Fewer scars
  • Less pain from surgery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a new sophisticated robotic platform specially designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities. Although it is often called a "robot," the da Vinci Si system cannot operate on its own.

An experienced, trained surgeon is always in full control of the system. The robot does not get fatigued, is designed specifically to operate in small spaces, and has a high-definition 3-D monitoring system, with magnification capability, so that your surgeon can see in very clear detail exactly what is happening at the surgery site.

We forecast huge benefits to Los Angeles patients thanks to this innovation.

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital robotic surgeons have extended experience in operating with the Da Vinci® Surgical System.

The key components of this system include:

  • 4 interactive robotic arms
  • A high-definition 3D vision system
  • A patient-side cart where the patient is placed during the operation
  • An ergonomic console for the surgeon to sit at during the surgery
  • Proprietary EndoWrist® tools

Using da Vinci, our Los Angeles surgeons can perform gallbladder surgery through one incision. Once the incision heals, the scar is barely visible — it is hidden in the navel. The lack of multiple incisions, the precision with which the doctor can control the robotic system, and the accuracy and stability of the system's instruments are intended to minimize the trauma to the body.