The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile and helps your body break down and digest fats.
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.
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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.
Premier Surgery Center
Premier Surgical physicans offer laparoscopic gallbladder removal at the Premier Surgery Center, conveniently located off I-40 on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Click the Premier Surgery Center button for more information.
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