Gallbladder Disease and Surgery

Your gallbladder is the small pear-shaped organ located under the liver. Its main job is to store the bile produced by the liver. 

Bile helps in digesting fats in the small intestine. It is passed along by the gallbladder to the small intestine through a small duct. 

Inflammation and Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease usually occurs as a result of inflammation. This is typically caused by gallstones that are blocking the ducts that lead to the small intestine. 

Gallbladder inflammation eventually leads to bile buildup, which in the long run leads to necrosis or gangrene.

Types of Gallbladder Disease

The following are some of the types of gallbladder disease:

  • Gallstones 
  • Cholecystitis 
  • Choledocholitiasis
  • Acalculous gallbladder disease 
  • Biliary dyskinesia
  • Gallbladder polyps

Treating Gallbladder Disease

Treatment for gallbladder disease varies. It depends on the type of gallbladder disease you have, your overall health, and your preferences.

Initially, you will be recommended to make lifestyle changes, like limiting or avoiding greasy foods. 

If you’re overweight and diabetic, your doctor may suggest losing weight slowly (rapid weight loss could trigger gallstone formation) and controlling your blood sugar to reduce your symptoms. 

Pain is very common in gallbladder disease. Hence, pain management through medications could be part of your treatment plan.

If symptoms persist and inflammation episodes happen more frequently, you may be recommended for surgery.

Surgery for Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) is considered as the most effective treatment method for gallbladder disease.

It can be done traditionally (opening your abdomen with an incision) or laparoscopically. 

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the preferred option for gallbladder removal patients because it involves fewer incisions, shorter hospital stay, and lesser risk of post-surgical complications. 

The surgeons of Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, are experts in laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries. 

If you have a high deductible or no insurance, we offer packaged-pricing for gallbladder procedures performed at the Premier Surgery Center in Knoxville. 

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References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/gallbladder-removal-open

https://www.sages.org/publications/patient-information/patient-information-for-laparoscopic-gallbladder-removal-cholecystectomy-from-sages/

 

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