Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Removal

Finding a Physician

Your doctor or surgeon will help determine which treatment option is best for you. Some factors that your doctor will consider before surgery include the severity of previous episodes of infection in the gallbladder, prior operations, and any underlying medical conditions. Some of those issues can affect the optimal treatment plan and recovery from surgery.

West Hills Hospital has on staff, two Board Certified General Surgeons who perform single-site gallbladder surgery.

David Schreier, MD and Frank Candela, MD have vast experience with this less-invasive approach.

To find a physician who performs minimally invasive surgery at West Hills Hospital call our 24-hour physician referral line at 818-676-4321.

Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Removal

A New, Better Surgical Approach: Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery

Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery: A Significant Advancement in Minimally Invasive Surgery

One of the more significant advancements in gallbladder removal is the Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site procedure, a surgical approach that only requires one small incision in the belly button and is performed nationwide by select, trained surgeons. In the West Valley, West Hills Hospital is the only hospital offering this unique approach. We are a Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for three years in a Row based on Healthgrades’ independent analysis.

Benefits of Single-Site Surgery

Beyond the less visible scarring, Single-Site surgery may improve upon the already-exciting benefits of traditional laparoscopic surgery (e.g., faster recovery time), as each surgical incision comes with its own risks of bleeding, infection, pain, and scarring. Minimizing the number of incisions (from as many as four down to one) minimizes these risks.

Comparison of Cholescystectomy Incisions

Comparison of Cholescystectomy Incisions
*Images represent actual size
Image Courtesy of Olympus America Inc.

Less Invasive

Comparison of Cholescystectomy Incisions

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  • Open surgery – 1 large incision
  • Laparoscopy – 3-5 small incisions
  • Single-Site surgery – 1 small incision

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