Virtually Scarless Gallbladder Treatment

Dr. David J. Lourié MD, of Los Angeles, offers the latest robotic gallbladder surgery as treatment for gallbladder pain and attacks from gallstone disease.  In this video Dr. Lourié discusses virtually scarless robotic assisted single site laparoscopic cholecystectomy or gallbladder surgery for the treatment and relief of the pain and potential complications associated with gallbladder symptoms, whether or not these are related to diet.

What is a Gallbladder or Gallstones?

gallbladder surgery david lourie mdThe gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ below your liver in the upper right side of your abdomen. The gallbladder collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced in your liver.

Unfortunately many people form sludge or stones in the gallbladder. These stones can block the gallbladder and cause pain, infection, and other more severe complications like jaundice or pancreatitis. Pain from gallbladder blockage is experienced in different ways. Often it may be severe pain in the right upper side of your abdomen under the ribcage or high in the middle of the abdomen or belly under the breastbone. This pain can also go to the upper back, under the shoulder blade. Some people get chest pain from gallbladder stones. Gallbladder and gallstone problems are usually diagnosed by having an ultrasound test, blood tests, and a physical examination by a doctor.

How are Gallstones treated?

People have tried to treat gallstones with in many different ways over the years.  Some of these treatment concepts were good ideas but they turned out not to work.  This included medicines to dissolve gallstones and shock wave treatment to break up the gallstones stones.  Both of these treatments turned out not to work well, can actually make things worse and more dangerous, and should be avoided.  Other treatments like “gallbladder flushes” unfortunately do not work at all for gallstones.  They flush your intestines and colon and produce much debris but do not get rid of gallstones.

The only effective treatment for gallstones is surgery.  This surgery involves removing the gallbladder with the gallstones and is called cholecystectomy.  Cholecystectomy is a common surgery.  Fortunately people live normally after their gallbladder is removed.

Dr. Lourié may recommend cholecystectomy if you have:

  • Gallstones in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
  • Gallstones in the bile duct (choledocholithiasis)
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Gallbladder masses
  • Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis)

Previously the only surgery available was open surgery, which usually involved a big muscle-damaging cut under the ribcage with often a difficult recovery.  Although no longer recommended by Dr. Lourié, some surgeons still occasionally use this method.

Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery 

Both laparoscopic and robotic enhanced surgeries are much less invasive than open gallbladder surgery and result in less pain and faster recovery.  In most case these surgeries are outpatient surgeries and you go home the same day.  It takes about a week to fully recover.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Option

During laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the surgeon usually makes four small incisions in your abdomen. A scope attached to a tiny video camera is inserted into your abdomen through one of the incisions. Your surgeon watches a video monitor in the operating room as special surgical instruments are inserted and your gallbladder and stones are removed.

Robotic Single-Site Option

With robotic enhanced laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Lourié is able to use one hidden incision in the belly button instead of the four surgical cuts usually used in standard laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.  In addition to less pain and faster recovery this latest technology allows many patients to have minimal to no visible scar.


Dr. Lourié teaches advanced robotic gallbladder techniques to surgeons from around the country.

Watch the video above for more information on robotic single site gallbladder surgery. Ask Dr. Lourié if you are a candidate for virtually scarless da Vinci robotic single site cholecystectomy or gallbladder surgery.

Patients Love Doctor Lourié!

I had an incredible experience with both Dr Lourie and his office manager Monique. Dr. Lourie’s skill and deftness is second to none. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had him take care of me.
R. O'Malley, Google+
One of the nicest, most professional doctors you will ever find.
John D., Yelp
Dr. Lourie seemed so soft spoken, but he doesn’t mess around when it comes to his surgeries. He has a great reputation for being a expert surgeon and caring much for his patients.
RN, Obesity Help
Dr. Lourie explained the procedure well before hand in his office. He answered all my questions before I could even ask them. He esp. demonstrated a confidence in what he was going to do yet with humbleness which was very reassuring. I had a long and complicated surgery and I went into the surgery feeling confident everything was going to be ok! The office staff were reassuring and very responsive when I emailed or called. Thanks for making this such a positive experience!
Crystal D., Yelp