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Laparoscopic surgery for gallstones. Do you need some sort of robot, or just a surgeon?

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Dr. Khurram Khan
Bariatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Surgeon/Robot

Even if the surgery is done with a robot, it is still being controlled by a surgeon on the console.
A few surgeons are doing robotic " scarless" surgery for gallbladder disease. The only benefit is cosmesis where the robotic port site is hidden inside the bellybutton.

In brief: Surgeon/Robot

Even if the surgery is done with a robot, it is still being controlled by a surgeon on the console.
A few surgeons are doing robotic " scarless" surgery for gallbladder disease. The only benefit is cosmesis where the robotic port site is hidden inside the bellybutton.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Good surgeon

Removing the gallbladder is a very frequent operation.
Virtually all general surgeons have been trained and are capable of performing this operation without a robot. There are some surgeons who are performing this robotically, but this is generally not necessary. Even if a robot is used, the surgeon is in complete control.

In brief: Good surgeon

Removing the gallbladder is a very frequent operation.
Virtually all general surgeons have been trained and are capable of performing this operation without a robot. There are some surgeons who are performing this robotically, but this is generally not necessary. Even if a robot is used, the surgeon is in complete control.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Surgeon

The gallbladder can be removed laparoscopically by most surgeons.
Robotic technology now allows the gall bladder to be removed through 1 laparoscopic incision instead of 4. Either way, the surgeon still does it all. The robot is only a tool utilized by the surgeon during the procedure.

In brief: Surgeon

The gallbladder can be removed laparoscopically by most surgeons.
Robotic technology now allows the gall bladder to be removed through 1 laparoscopic incision instead of 4. Either way, the surgeon still does it all. The robot is only a tool utilized by the surgeon during the procedure.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Gallstones

No, you just need a good laparoscopic surgeon.
You don't need a robot. However, if you want it to be done through a single small incision, it would be preferable to use a robotic single incision technique. This is not done commonly yet because so few surgeons have been trained to do it. This is attractive to women who don't want scars on their belly. Men don't care as much. Either technique is ok.

In brief: Gallstones

No, you just need a good laparoscopic surgeon.
You don't need a robot. However, if you want it to be done through a single small incision, it would be preferable to use a robotic single incision technique. This is not done commonly yet because so few surgeons have been trained to do it. This is attractive to women who don't want scars on their belly. Men don't care as much. Either technique is ok.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Surgeon

The "robot" used in some surgeries is not commonly used for laparoscopic gall bladder removal.
Most surgeons would not find any advantage to using the "robot" for a gall bladder surgery.

In brief: Surgeon

The "robot" used in some surgeries is not commonly used for laparoscopic gall bladder removal.
Most surgeons would not find any advantage to using the "robot" for a gall bladder surgery.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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In brief: Surgeon

Many general surgeons have the expertise to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder) surgery.
Robotic surgery may be used for some more complicated procedures, prostate surgery, & some gynecologic oncology surgery procedures & requires a special team of experts for that.

In brief: Surgeon

Many general surgeons have the expertise to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder) surgery.
Robotic surgery may be used for some more complicated procedures, prostate surgery, & some gynecologic oncology surgery procedures & requires a special team of experts for that.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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