Fort Sanders Regional

1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37916

Fort Sanders Surgeons

Michael A. Antiporda, MD
Michael D. Kropilak, MD, FACS
Gregory P. Midis, MD, FACS
Joseph B. Thurman, MD, FACS

Tennova North Knoxville

7714 Conner Road, Suite 103
Powell, TN 37849

Premier North Knoxville Surgeons

David J. Harrell, MD, FACS

David G. Schutter, MD
Jessica L. Vinsant, MD
Roland B. Weast, MD, FACS


9430 Park West Boulevard, Suite 310
Knoxville, TN 37923

Parkwest Surgeons

Willard B. Campbell, MD, FACS
William C. Gibson, MD, FACS

Norma M. Edwards, MD, FACS
Michael E. Kelly, MD, FACS
Kristopher B. Williams, MD, FACS
K. Robert Williams, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS

Turkey Creek Medical Center

Physicians Plaza 1, Suite 310
10810 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934

Turkey Creek Surgeon

J. Randolph Reisser

Premier Surgical Cleveland

2275 Chambliss Ave. NW, Suite D
Cleveland, TN 37311

Premier Cleveland Surgeons

Shannon Beierle, MD
Jason L. Dunn, MD, FACS
Eston K. Wenger, MD, FACS
Joshua A. Worthington, MD, FACS

Patient Resources

Gallbladder Removal

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile and helps your body break down and digest fats.

Gallbladder Disease

An estimated 20 million American have gallbladder disease. You are at a higher risk of gallbladder issues, such as gallstones, inflammation or infection, if you are obese, have a family history, and are over age 60. Eating food high in saturated fats and cholesterol can also lead to gallstones.

Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

Surgical removal of the gallbladder is usually the recommended treatment when it becomes inflamed or infected, causes inflammation of the pancreas, the gallbladder wall has calcified, and when the gallbladder condition is causing ongoing pain.

Cholecystectomy is one of the safest, most common surgical procedures. It reduces the possibility of more gallstones developing in the future. Every year, it is estimated that over 700,000 Americans undergo this procedure. Approximately 90 percent of cholecystectomies in the United states are performed laparoscopically.

Laparoscopic Repair

Image courtesy of Mayo Clinic

In this minimally invasive procedure, a few small incisions are made in your abdomen. The surgeon places a tiny laparoscope (a viewing tube with a camera) and small instruments through the incisions.

Most laparoscopic patients experience less pain and scarring and a quicker return to their normal activities.

A patient may not be a candidate for laparoscopic cholecystectomy if there is severe inflammation of the gallbladder, bile duct or abdominal lining, or scar tissue from previous abdominal surgeries. A open surgical approach that requires a larger incision may be used in these cases.

Your Premier Surgical physician will discuss your surgical treatment options with you and determine which method is best for you.

Surgical Specialties

Our surgeons have specialized skills and knowledge in diverse areas. We are equipped to provide patients with the best options for comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.