Surgical Procedures

Expert Gallbladder Surgeon in Phoenix, AZ

Obstruction of the bile flow by gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts causes abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting following meals and can lead to severe infections and inflammation. Laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder involves four small incisions in the abdomen. Patients are usually able to return home within one day following surgery and experience minimal postoperative pain.

If you're facing symptoms of a dysfunctional gallbladder, it may need to be removed. This will mean you will have to modify your diet, but the gallbladder is a non-vital organ. If your doctor suggests having your gallbladder removed, you may need to choose a surgeon. Dr. Shawn Stevenson are board certified and highly trained general surgeons, with high ratings from patients on sites such as Healthgrades. Located near Phoenix, AZ, we are experts in performing laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a gallbladder surgery that uses a small lighted camera called a laparoscope during the surgery.

To learn more about cholecystectomy, call 602-582-5233 or request a surgical consult online with Dr. Shawn Stevenson.

Single-Siteda Vinci® Surgery (Gallbladder Surgery)

If you have a gallbladder attack or severe symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove your gallbladder. It’s an organ you can live without. Gallbladder removal is known as a cholecystectomy.

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Gallbladder Surgery: Know Your Options

Gallbladder surgery can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or minimally invasively (through a few small incisions or one belly button incision) using da Vinci Surgery or traditional laparoscopy.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

Surgeons using da Vinci technology can remove your gallbladder through one small incision (cut) in your belly button using Single-Site* technology, or through a few small incisions. da Vinci Single-Site patients experience virtually scarless results, like single-incision traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:

  • A 3D HD view inside your body
  • Special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
  • Enhanced vision, precision and control

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

Risks & Considerations Related to Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal): injury to the common bile duct (tube that carries bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine), leaking bile, inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis), retained stones in the common bile duct.


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 the da Vinci System.


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Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. 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. Please also refer to for Important Safety Information.

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Gallbladder Surgery near Chandler, AZ

Our surgeons provide care for patients suffering from a variety of gallbladder symptoms. To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you call our office at 602-582-5233

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