Gallbladder Removal in 60 Minutes

Yes, you read that correctly and no, it’s not “psychic surgery“; this is the real deal.

Gallbladder stones can cause such serious problems in some folks that not even all-natural methods of gallbladder stone removal can help and the only course of action is the complete removal of the gallbladder from the body.

This, of course, used to be major surgery involving the creation of a 5-7 inch incision with 2-3 days of hospital bedrest. Then, laparoscopic surgery with its 4-6 tiny incisions, became the preferred method and the hospital stay was reduced to about a day.

Now, a promising new method has been created that involves 1 incision of less than an inch, 1 hour of surgery and in 5 hours the patient is free to go home with very little pain.  This method will be performed with the aid of a new FDA-approved robotic surgical tool called the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

The first and only time this method has been used, so far, was on Dec 20, 2011 when Dr. Santiago Horgan, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System, successfully performed this operation in 60 minutes. Wow, that should cut costs and complications considerably and might even eventually be performed in an outpatient setting.

Every year in the U.S., 750,000 gallbladders are removed , making it one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. The cost for this surgery is, on average, about $17,000. That means for every $1,000 shaved off the price, $750 million would be saved every year.