The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under the liver that stores and concentrates bile to help digest fat. Disease of the gallbladder includes inflammation, infection, and blockage (obstruction). The most common blockage is called a gallstone.
Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle changes, medication, and medical procedures. Depending upon the severity of symptoms, surgery may be needed. This operation is known as a cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder surgery is generally performed minimally invasively using manual laparoscopy. The technique involves several small incisions in the abdomen to access the gallbladder. This approach is intended to speed recovery, minimize pain, reduce blood loss and other complications, with the added benefit of reduced scarring.
If you choose robotic surgery for your gallbladder, your surgeon is able to perform a virtually scarless procedure. One tiny incision is made in the navel (belly button), which dramatically minimizes visible scarring.