Single-Site Incision Robotic Surgery

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

Gallbladder removal surgery traditionally requires several small incisions across the abdomen, often leaving small scars, but now with the latest technology scars are no longer visible. This new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.

Benefits of the single site gallbladder surgery include:

  • minimal scarring
  • minimal pain
  • less bleeding
  • quicker recovery times
  • shorter hospital stay
  • high patient satisfaction


As surgery begins, the robotic arms enter through a single-incision in the body, about one inch in diameter. During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. In the case of a gallbladder removal, the incision is made at the patient’s belly button.

The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours. Munroe Regional offers various types of robotic-assisted surgeries. .

"To be one of the first hospitals to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Munroe Regional’s leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options."
Anthony DeIorio, M.D., single-site incision surgeon

In addition to gallbladder removal, the medical center’s surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in urologic, gynecologic and thoracic surgery. Munroe Regional also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.