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Robotic Single-Incision Gallbladder Surgery

Robotic Single-Incision Gallbladder Surgery


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Robotic Single-Incision Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder removal surgeries (Cholecystectomies) are one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country and Good Samaritan Hospital now offers patients the leading-edge, single-incision, minimally invasive robotic procedure for gallbladder removal.

Good Samaritan Hospital is the ONLY site in Rockland, and Orange Counties performing this procedure.

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console viewing 3-D, high-definition images while using controls to move robotic arms with attached surgical instruments. The system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The surgery can be performed in less than one hour with a typical hospital stay of two hours.

Using Single-Site™ robotic instruments, surgeons are able to perform the surgery using only one incision, which is approximately 3 cm. Unlike traditional laparoscopic surgeries requiring four small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision to be made in the belly button. The single incision’s size and placement deliver better cosmetic results when healed.

Single-site Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Technical Benefits:

  • Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, instruments.
  • A magnified, high definition three-dimensional view when operating.
  • Instruments that become an extension of the surgeon’s wrists, hands and fingers to move the small surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner.

Conventional Laparoscopic Surgery Incisions vs. Single-site Robotic Surgery Incisions  

Single-site Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Benefits:

  • Minimal scarring and improved cosmetic result upon healing  
    • Gallbladder removal is very common in woman in their 40’s. The cosmetic advantages of single site robotics are unmatched -- as apposed the up to 3-4 scars from traditional laparoscopic surgery, patients now have nearly undetectable scaring.  
  • Shorter hospital stays – enhancing quality and safety
  • Faster recovery times with significant reduction in post-operative pain
  • Early return to work and daily activities

Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones, infection and non-functioning gallbladders.

Gallbladder and Cholecystectomy Statistics*:

  • About 1.2 million gallbladder removal surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year
  • 10-15 percent of the population have asymptomatic gallstones. Symptoms of gallstones include:
    • Nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea- often after eating a fatty meal.
    • Consult our physicians if you experience any of these symptoms
  • The incidence of gallstones increases with an increase in age, with females more likely to form gallstones than males.
  • From ages 50 to 65 approximately 20 percent of women and 5 percent of men have gallstones.

*Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, October 27, 2018.

Meet Our Skilled Surgeon:

Paryush Lakhtaria, MD, MRCS, FACS is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for both oncological and gastrointestinal conditions. He is one of the only surgeons in our region who is performs the single-incision, minimally invasion, robotic surgery. Dr. Lakhtaria’s is highly-skilled in minimally invasive surgical procedures that focus on abdominal wall hernias, gastrointestinal oncological procedures and foregut surgeries like anti-reflux operations, Heller myotomy and hiatal hernia repair.

Dr. Lakhtaria completed his medical degree at Bhavnagar Medical College in India. He received further surgical training at Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK and was granted Membership in the Royal College of Surgery (MRCS). Dr. Lakhtaria completed his General Surgery Residency at New York Presbyterian Queens and fellowship in Minimal Invasive Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital.