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Gallbladder Surgery

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What is Gallbladder Surgery?

Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure in which the gallbladder is removed. The gallbladder is a small organ located beneath the liver, and its primary function is to store bile produced by the liver. Bile is released from the gallbladder in to the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fats.

A Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy involves making several small incisions in the abdomen through which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon watches a video monitor to guide the instruments in removing the gallbladder.


The most common reason for gallbladder removal

Is the presence of gallstones. Gallstones are solid particles that form in the gallbladder and can cause pain, inflammation, infection, or other complications. Gallbladder removal is often recommended when these stones lead to recurrent and severe symptoms such as:

  • Gallstone-related pain: This pain typically occurs in the upper right abdomen and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis): Inflammation of the gallbladder can be caused by gallstones blocking the flow of bile.
  • Gallbladder infection (cholecystitis): If gallstones obstruct the bile ducts, it can lead to an infection in the gallbladder.
  • Pancreatitis: In some cases, gallstones can migrate and block the pancreatic duct, leading to inflammation of the pancreas.

Gallbladder removal is considered a common and generally safe procedure, and many people can live a normal life without a gallbladder. After surgery, bile flows directly from the liver into the small intestine, bypassing the gallbladder. 

Most individuals do not experience significant changes in their digestive function after gallbladder removal, but some may need to make dietary adjustments. If you are experiencing symptoms related to gallstones or other gallbladder issues, click Request Consultation, and our office will get back to you with details.

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