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, many times the best option is to perform laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder. 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 board-certified general surgeons. They have extensive training and experience with performing laparoscopic cholecystectomy and single incision laparoscopic surgery, making us experts in gallbladder removal. We are committed to providing leading edge technology to treat any symptoms or discomfort you may be experiencing.
Options for Gallbladder Removal
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 10 days if treated via the laparoscopic procedure, and in about four to six weeks if treated through open surgery.
The robotic system is available for single incision cholecystectomy, or removal of the gallbladder. Our surgeons are experts of single incision laparoscopic surgery and are proud to offer the robotic system for this surgery. The surgery will follow the same procedure as laparoscopic surgery, but making fewer incisions, causing less pain and a greater aesthetic outcome. This is an outpatient procedure and most patients can return to their normal routine the following day.
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. Contact us today at 770-536-2323 to get started.