Robotic Surgery – General

Gallbladder Disease

A gallbladder is an organ located just beneath your liver that stores bile to aid in digesting fat. Gallbladder disease may include inflammation, infection, or blockage of the gallbladder. A blockage may occur from gallstones which lodge in a duct. Gallstones can develop as a single stone or several at a time and can range is size.

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
  • Yellowing of skin and whites of eyes (jaundice)

Some gallstones may not produce any symptoms and do not need to be treated. Gallbladder disease can often be treated with lifestyle changes and medicine. When these treatments are not successful, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder.

Single-Site Robotic Surgery

If you decide to undergo surgery for removal of your gallbladder, you may be a candidate for a new, breakthrough surgical system called the da Vinci Surgical System. This new state-of-the-art procedure allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder through a single, small incision in the belly button. The unique benefit of single-site surgery is virtually no scarring.

Incision image of robotic gall bladder surgery

Until single-site da Vinci technology came along, the only option for minimally invasive gallbladder surgery involved the surgeon making three to four incisions that were one to two inches in length. Through these openings, scopes and other tools were carefully inserted to view and remove the organ. With the new single-site robotic-assisted surgery, only one incision is made at the belly button, through which all instruments are inserted. The surgery is performed in about an hour and the patient can go home on the same day.

Each year, about one million people in the United States have their gall bladder removed. Forty percent of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Many women in this age group are sensitive to scarring. Single-site surgery eliminates this concern since the new technology leaves no visible scar.

Meet Our Robotic General Surgeon

Dr. Philip Cohen, our robotic general surgeonPhilip A. Cohen, MD graduated with a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA in 2001. He continued his training at Boston Medical Center with a surgical residency program and a surgical research fellowship. During his surgical residency, Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the senior resident teaching award for two consecutive years. In addition, Dr. Cohen performed an advanced minimally invasive surgical fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UMass Medical School. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen at his office in Milford, call 508-458-4250.

Potential Benefits for You

  • Same day surgery
  • Speedy recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of complications
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Quicker return to daily activities

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