Gallbladder removal is performed when gallstones cause severe pain and inflammation.
Gallbladder Removal in brief
Alternatively sometimes the gallstones can travel into the bile ducts or pancreatic ducts and cause blockages.Gallbladder problems are diagnosed using a physical exam and an ultrasound. The surgeon may request an endoscopy and CAT scan to assess the extent of the condition prior to surgery.
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The Gallbladder Removal Surgery is done under general anesthesia and the patient is asleep throughout the procedure. The surgeon uses a cannula (a narrow tube-like instrument) to enter the abdomen near the belly-button. The laparoscope, a tiny telescope with a special camera, is inserted through the cannula, giving the surgeon a magnified view of the patient’s internal organs on a television screen. Other cannulas are inserted to allow the surgeon to delicately separate and detach the gallbladder. The gallbladder is removed through one of the openings.
Additional Surgical Procedures
The surgeon may perform an X-Ray called a cholangiogram during the operation to look for stones lodged in the bile channels and to examine the adjacent, internal structures. If the surgeon finds gallstones in the common bile duct the surgeon may organise a separate endoscopic procedure called an ERCP afterwards.
After the Procedure
Most people have laparoscopic surgery (also called keyhole surgery) for gallbladder removal, and will return home the next day after surgery. People who have had open surgery or additional procedures for gallbladder removal may stay longer in the hospital.
Most people who have had laparoscopic surgery return to normal activities a week after surgery. If the person is in good health, their liver will manufacture and secrete enough bile to digest fats, and no special medications are required. Call for enquiries or an appointment on (08) 9386 2634.