GALLBLADDER Minimally Invasive Surgery

Patients who experience symptoms from gallstones (including jaundice, abdominal pain, or inflammation of the pancreas) usually require gallbladder removal surgery. Until recently, this procedure has been traditionally an open operation through a large abdominal incision. Now, with the expert technique of Hudson Valley Surgical Group's Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the best method for treating gallstones. It is performed through a series of smaller incisions and in most cases just a single incision that results in a speedier recovery for gallbladder patients. 


Gallbladder surgery is a simple surgery within a complex part of the anatomy.  Patients need to seek out highly experienced surgeons.  As a team Hudson Valley Surgical group has low to no bile duct injuries in the past 30+ years with over 4,350 gallbladder surgeries to date.  Our team’s expertise and technique has evolved with experience and they are expert at delivering a MIS from beginning to end with an extremely low conversion rate.  However, the surgeons at Hudson Valley Surgical Group are also very sensitive to the fact that not all patients will require urgent surgery.  Our surgeons have the expertise to be able to determine the difference and create a custom medical treatment plan including the use of antibiotics and/or drains where appropriate.

Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery Advance Techniques

The surgeons of Hudson Valley Surgical Group are highly trained in traditional open surgery as well as advanced techniques including use of the da Vinci robot or through laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This is a MIS procedure that is performed with video instruments which allow the surgeon to view the gallbladder and surrounding tissue. The gallbladder is removed through one of the smaller incisions which results in less scarring and less post-operative pain for the patient. This method can often be performed as an outpatient procedure.

Gallbladder Patient Issues

Acute gallbladder surgery is the most common procedure we perform, which tends to be a much more complex surgery across the board.  Our team also specializes in treating patients who have previous abdominal surgeries which naturally increase the complexity of the surgical plan. However, it is important to seek a surgeon with extensive training.  While a gallbladder surgery can be a relatively easy procedure if a problem ensues, the issues can be devastating and requires a versitally trained surgeon who is qualified for complex cases.  The surgeons at Hudson Valley Surgical Group have you covered.

Patient Benefits to Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery
  • High success rate  Less than 1% (considerably less than the national average of 3-5%) of the 300 gallbladder surgeries performed in the last year resulted in "open surgery." That is significantly lower than the national average and indicative of the high success rate of Hudson Valley Surgical Group's Minimally Invasive Surgery technique.  These success rates include acute settings as well.
  • Less risk for wound infections  Gallbladder surgery wound infections and complications have significantly decreased with far less blood loss and less trauma to the body.
  • Less scarring  MI gallbladder surgery procedures offer improved cosmetic results.
  • Less anesthesia  MI gallbladder surgery is ideal for patients with sensitivity to anesthesia.
  • Decrease surgery time  Superior and precise technology have decreased gallbladder surgery time.
  • Less pain  MI gallbladder surgery procedures result in less post-operative pain.
  • Faster recovery/Shorter hospital stay  You will go home sooner!
If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your abdomen area, please consult your physician immediately or make an appointment.
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Hudson Valley Surgical Group
777 N. Broadway, Suite 204, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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Hudson Valley Surgical Group provides the latest in Minimally Invasive Surgery utilizing the most advanced laparoscopic technology available. Hudson Valley Surgical Group is the leader in patient-centered, Minimally Invasive Surgery techniques. Built on the combined strengths of three prominent board-certified surgeons: Robert Raniolo, MD, FACS and Har Chi Lau, MD, FACS -- who both have the distinction of being selected as two of Castle Connolly's Top Doctor in America; and Michael Weitzen, DO, ABOS, Hudson Valley Surgical Group specializes in their distinctive quality-of-life surgical approach that shortens recovery times and has less pain for patients.