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Types of Gallbladder Surgery

Your Surgical

During and After Surgery


Diet & Exercise After Surgery

Your doctor or nurse will let you know which foods to eat and which exercises to try after surgery, and which ones to avoid.


When you wake up from surgery and are alert, you will be given a small amount of liquid to drink. If your stomach doesn't get upset, your nurse will offer you some food to eat. Based on your post-surgery instructions, you should be able to eat and drink a normal and healthy diet within 1-2 days after surgery.1


While in the hospital, a nurse will help you to walk and get in and out of bed after surgery. Once you’re back home, you will also be asked to:

Recovery and getting back to your normal activities will depend on whether you had open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.

Your medical team will give you information on how to increase the chances of making your recovery a full success. You will also receive information about how to care for your incision(s).

Pain: What To ExpectManaging Pain

1. American College of Surgeons. Cholecystectomy. Available from:

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da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with da Vinci.

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to and Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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