The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located under the liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.
Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if a gallstone forms and blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. Gallstone attacks usually happen after you eat and can cause nausea, vomiting or pain in the abdomen, back, or just under the right arm.
Many gallbladder problems get better with removal of the gallbladder. Fortunately, this is an organ you can live a full life without. Dr. Hossein Bagshahi—our board-certified surgeon—uses laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder, making several small incisions in the upper part of your abdomen instead of one large incision.
Basic Tips and Guidelines for Gallbladder Removal Surgery
Gallbladder removal is one of the most popular surgical treatments in the local vicinity. Although, the average number of people in need of this treatment is not that high, experts do their best to maintain a high satisfaction rate regardless. As a result, the internet has an abundance of online reviews concerning various surgical procedures that are performed at health institutes in Fort Worth, TX.
The Basics of Gallbladder Removal Surgery
The gallbladder is a small organ that is located under the liver. The position of this organ is under the upper quadrant of the abdomen at the right side. What you need to know is that there are two basic procedures that are used by doctors to treat patients.
Although laparoscopy is common, doctors prefer to use Cholecystectomy wherever it is deemed convenient. The latter is a relatively new and simpler procedure where doctors have the choice to perform open or close surgery. These surgeries determine the scale of incisions and the actual amount of time duration it takes for the procedure to commence/complete.
The recovery time of patient also varies from one procedure to another. It is commonly suggested that the open method for gallbladder surgery is rather more time consuming, and could prove to be painful when it comes to post surgery recovery. More importantly, in many cases where the gallbladder is swollen, a minimally invasive method involving lasers to help breakdown the stones might be the most ideally preferred method.
Sometimes patients complain about severe pain before surgery. This usually happens when the position of gallbladder stones disrupts the gallbladder, or the stones are blocking the entry tract to the gallbladder. Doctors perform a non-invasive scanning procedure to determine the suitable strategy before commencing with the surgical options at hand.
Life After Gallbladder Removal Surgery
As mentioned earlier in this article, the actual time that it takes to perform the surgery is a little less than an hour. However, recovery depends on the patient’s body type, and other associated factors. Doctors recommend a healthy low cholesterol diet regimen to patients. This diet program is to be followed for life because once the gallbladder is removed, the body has no “automatic/natural” method of stabilizing cholesterol levels.
Overall, gallbladder removal surgery is a blessing in disguise for patients from all walks of life. This is a low risk procedure that doesn’t involve any major side effects. In case you have any questions, feel free to consult with Dr. Bagshahi.