Single-site Gallbladder Surgery

St. John is proud to offer single-site gallbladder surgery with the da Vinci Si Surgical System. 

During the procedure, surgeons remove the gallbladder from a single one-inch incision in the belly button, leaving virtually no scarring versus traditional multi-port gallbladder removal surgery that usually requires several small incisions across the abdomen, causing small scars. 


Single site gallbladder surgery with the da Vinci Single-Site System provides various patient benefits including: 

  • Minimal scarring 
  • Less bleeding 
  • Quicker recovery times 
  • Shorter hospital stay 

How Does it Work?

The da Vinci Si Single-Site System uses state-of-the art robotic and computer technologies. The system consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console and a separate unit with one robotic camera arm and two interactive robotic arms that have high-performance, miniature instruments attached to them. Patients lie on a table under the robotic arms.

Seated a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon controls every movement of the da Vinci Single-Site System, viewing a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. To operate, the surgeon moves master controls that look like forceps. In real-time, the system translates each hand movement by the surgeon into precise micro-movements by the da Vinci miniaturized instruments attached to the robotic arms. Using the system’s autonomous camera control, surgeons can safely remove the gallbladder through the belly button in a single incision of approximately one inch.

The da Vinci Si Surgical System with Single-Site technology offers surgeons greater precision, increased range of motion, enhanced dexterity and improved access to the gallbladder without harming surrounding structures. This technology also limits movement at the surgical site, minimizing trauma and postoperative pain.

Determine if Single-site Surgery is Right for You

More than one million people in the U.S. have their gallbladders removed each year. Most are performed with traditional laparoscopy using several incisions. However, 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 and non-functioning gallbladders.

While the da Vinci Si Single-Site System has increased the number of patients who are candidates for minimally invasive gallbladder removal, it may not be right for everyone. Speak with your doctor to see if this procedure is right for you.