A New, Less-Invasive Surgery for Gall Bladder Removal

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s own David Schreier, MD, FACS, is performing specialized surgery for gallbladder removal that is less invasive than utilizing current emerging robotic technology. The surgery is a single-site laparoscopic procedure, one that Dr. Schreier and his partner, Frank Candela, MD, FACS, have now performed on more than 35 cases since receiving the necessary equipment in November 2011.

Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site surgery (LESS) is a relatively new procedure that provides several benefits to patients, including:

  • A smaller incision—1/2 an inch compared to traditional operations that require a 3-4 inch incision
  • Decreased risk of wound infection
  • Less or no visible scarring
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of hernia

The LESS procedure also costs less and doesn’t demand such long operation times, requiring only the surgeon’s skill and the Olympus Endoeye FLEX 5 video laparoscope for the surgeon’s visibility.

“The Endoeye allows us to look inside the abdomen and can flex up to 100 degrees in four directions, so we get tremendous exposure through a single port,” Dr. Schreier says. “It really is a more efficient way to perform the operation, and more beneficial for the patient.”

Dr. Schreier is also optimistic about LESS technology’s ability to be used for colon surgery in the near future, and has been used for hysterectomies at West Hills Hospital. Dr. Schreier joined with Dr. Frank Candela in 1999 and has been a member of the medical staff at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center since then, recently completing two consecutive two-year terms as Chief of Surgery for West Hills Hospital. Dr. Schreier is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of American College Surgeons. He completed an oncology fellowship at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center, where he also completed his residency.

Look for more innovative surgical solutions and treatments at West Hills Hospital in the near future!

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