This is a definitive study in 60 patients who do not have
cholecystitis. The primary outcome variable is operative time.
Likely, there are several variables that will show small
differences between groups. This study will precisely quantify
these variables to allow for adequate consultation from surgeons to
families with children requiring removal of the gallbladder. The
single-incision approach is not controlled for and the surgeons may
vary in the technique and equipment they choose to employ. In
general, we use the Covidien SILS™ port with an additional
instrument placed along side.
Because the differences between the two groups are likely to be
small and cosmesis is a proposed advantage of single-incision
surgery, we are also using a validated tool to measure scar
satisfaction at six weeks and six months after the