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Explore the Benefits of Single-incision Gallbladder Surgery

a woman doing yogaThe gallbladder, a small sac that stores bile, is prone to developing stones that can prevent it from emptying properly. Many with gallstones do not experience symptoms, and never require treatment for the condition. When symptoms do occur, they can range from mild abdominal pain to fever and chills. Left untreated, problematic gall stones can be life-threatening. Gallstones can require surgical removal of the gallbladder, a procedure offered by Dr. Frank Veninga. Dr. Veninga can perform the procedure using single-incision gallbladder surgery at our Dallas practice. This minimally invasive technique uses advanced robotic tools, which provides benefits ranging from reduced healing time to cost savings because of a shorter hospital stay. To learn more about your candidacy for the procedure, schedule an appointment with us today

Treating Gallbadder Disease

After the liver has produced bile, it travels to the gallbladder where it is stored until it is needed. Bile helps digest fat and is delivered to the small intestine through special ducts. Stones form when cholesterol and other materials clump together inside the gallbladder, and may be caused by obesity, sudden weight loss, or any condition that keeps the gallbladder from fully emptying like it should.

Gallbladder stones can range from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. Although most do not cause health issues, if a duct becomes blocked, treatment may be needed. Symptoms that indicate you should undergo an examination include:

  • Abdominal or chest pain, ranging from mild to severe
  • Fever and chills
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes

Gallstones can cause infection, pancreatitis, and even death. Surgical removal of the gallbladder may be necessary to treat the disease. 

Benefits of the Single-incision Technique

Dr. Veninga has been using laparoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, to perform gallbladder surgery for years. This minimally invasive technique uses tiny incisions (roughly a quarter- to a half-inch long) to access the inner structures of the abdomen. The single-incision technique is a landmark development in gallbladder surgery, allowing Dr. Veninga to complete the entire procedure through just one small opening. 

During single-incision gallbladder surgery, Dr. Veninga will insert a laparoscope into your abdomen. This small tube with a light and camera attached to the end will transmit high-definition images of the surgical site to a monitor, helping to guide Dr. Veninga. All the surgical instruments used during the procedure will be inserted through this single incision. Because of its minimally invasive nature, single-incision surgery offers a wealth of benefits. Scarring, discomfort, and healing time are all reduced thanks to minimized trauma to the treatment site and surrounding tissue. The total cost of treatment may also be less than traditional surgery, since you will typically require a shorter hospital stay.

Learn More during a Consultation

Single-incision gallbladder surgery is a multi-beneficial development, but it is not right for everyone. Emergency treatment, for example, may be more effective using traditional surgical techniques. You can learn more about Dr. Veninga's minimally invasive surgical techniques during a consultation. Contact our practice today. 

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