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Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder Surgery

The gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver that aids the digestive process by storing bile and secreting it into the small intestine when food enters. Gallstones are pieces of solid material that form in the gallbladder that may result in pain in the upper abdomen and back, vomiting and gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion and bloating.

In order to alleviate these symptoms, the best option is to perform laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder. At The Longstreet Clinic, our surgeons have extensive experience performing laparoscopic cholecystectomy, as well as single incision laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the most common surgery done by our general surgeons. This makes us experts in gallbladder removal. Our surgeons have extensive experience in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILS or SPA), and open cholecystectomy.

During laparoscopic surgery, small incisions are made in the abdomen to allow for several small instruments, a light and a camera to pass through. After inserting the instruments, light and camera, the surgeon will then inflate your abdomen with air in order to see clearly. The surgeon then performs the surgery through the use of a monitor that displays the view of the camera inside the body.

If treated via the laparoscopic procedure, this is an outpatient procedure and you will typically go home just a few hours after surgery. After surgery, it is common to experience pain in your shoulder or belly due to the buildup of air used for the surgery, but these symptoms will subside after 24 to 36 hours. Other side effects from the surgery may include diarrhea, minor inflammation of the wound site and loss of appetite. You should be able to return to your normal routine after about seven to ten days if treated via the laparoscopic procedure, and in about four to six weeks if treated through open surgery.

The Longstreet Clinic’s staff of surgeons and other healthcare professionals work hard to make each stage of your experience with us a pleasant and successful one. We look forward to answering any questions you may have and working with you to determine the best type of surgery to remedy the symptoms of your gallbladder. The initial consultation, the surgery itself and the post-operative recovery are each an important part of your entire treatment process, and our surgical team and support staff will be with you each step of the way. Contact our team today to get started.