Gallbladder surgery (also known as cholecystectomy) remains the primary procedure for managing symptomatic gallstone disease. This procedure is usually recommended for patients suffering from biliary pain, acute cholecystitis, and gallstone pancreatitis.
Types of Gallbladder Surgery
Cholecystectomy can either be done t through a minimally invasive procedure (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), or traditionally (open cholescystecomy). The majority of cholecystectomies are now performed with a laparoscopic approach. An open procedure may be used in patients with gallbladder cancer, bleeding disorders, or severe cardiopulmonary disease.
In traditional cholecystectomy, the surgeon makes a 6-inch incision in the right side of the abdomen, just below the ribs. To have a better view of the gallbladder, the muscles and tissues are pulled back. Once the gallbladder has been removed, the incision is sutured and the patient is taken to the recovery area.
Advancements in medical knowledge and technology have paved the way for minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In this type of gallbladder surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen. A tube with a tiny camera is inserted into one of the incisions. This camera is connected to a monitor that guides the surgical team as they insert and use different surgical tools to remove the gallbladder. Imaging tests such as X-ray or ultrasound may be done if the surgeon thinks that the patient has other problems in the bile duct. The incisions are then sutured and patient is taken to the recovery area.
Both procedures are done under general anesthesia. Hence, the patient won’t be aware during the entire surgery.
Choosing an Expert
Cholecystectomy is considered as a major procedure. Like other surgical procedures, it has some risks involved. Proper preparation and choosing an experienced surgeon can help in alleviating anxiety and increase your chance of having the best possible surgical outcome.
With Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, you can have peace of mind. From diagnosis to post-operative follow-ups, our patients receive the highest quality of care. Our team of skilled, American-board surgeons have a lot of experience and expertise in gallbladder surgeries, as this procedure is one of the most commonly performed in our facility.
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