Signs it’s Time to Remove Your Gallbladder
Gallbladder removal, medically referred to as cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves removing the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located under the liver, which stores and releases bile to aid in digestion.
In certain situations, gallbladder removal may be necessary to alleviate symptoms related to gallstones, which are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder.
However, like many procedures, gallbladder removal is not without risks, and it should only be considered after consulting with a medical professional.
Do You Need a Gallbladder Removal?
Some of the most common signs you need to have gallbladder surgery include:
- Frequent indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and gas
- A sharp pain in the upper abdomen, usually on the right side, that can radiate to the back
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- A fever and recurring nausea and vomiting
While gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, it does carry risks. Some people may experience side effects such as diarrhea, trouble digesting fatty foods and abdominal pain. Lifestyle and diet adjustments often help resolve the issues.
It’s important to note that not everyone with gallstones needs to have their gallbladder removed. In some cases, medications can be used to dissolve the stones, and lifestyle changes such as a low-fat diet may help manage symptoms.
If gallbladder removal is recommended, a laparoscopic procedure is often performed.
This minimally invasive approach typically results in less pain and a faster recovery time than traditional open surgery.
In general, you may benefit from gallbladder removal if you develop gallstones, which can block the duct of the gallbladder, causing the pain you feel. In some situations, this can lead to significant inflammation, and over time, it can cause a risk to your health.
For many people, gallbladder removal may be recommended if frequent gallbladder attacks occur. These attacks are often caused by blockage due to the presence of gallbladder stones.
How We Can Help You
At Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, Cleveland, TN, and Johnson City, our Board-Certified physicians will discuss your gallbladder surgical treatment options with you and determine which method is best for you.
Our surgeons do offer laparoscopic gallbladder removal at the Premier Surgery Center, conveniently located off I-40 on Papermill Drive in Knoxville.
Contact Premier Surgical to request an appointment or learn more about the Premier Surgery Center.