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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.

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LAPAROSCOPIC REPAIR

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.

FORT SANDERS SURGEONS

FORT SANDERS REGIONAL
1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37916
865.524.3695

Michael A. Antiporda, MD

General Surgery
Fellowship: Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Joseph B. Thurman, MD, FACS

General Surgery

 

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Sung G. Lee, MD

General Surgery

Board Certified:Colon and Rectal Surgery

Fellowship:Colon and Rectal Surgery

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PREMIER NORTH KNOXVILLE SURGEONS

TENNOVA NORTH KNOXVILLE
7714 Conner Road, Suite 103
Powell, TN 37849
865.938.8121

David J. Harrell, MD, FACS

General Surgery
Fellowship: Surgical Endoscopy and Therapeutic ERCP

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David G. Schutter, MD

General Surgery
Fellowship: Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Ronald B. Weast, MD, FACS

General Surgery

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PARKWEST SURGEONS

PARKWEST
9430 Park West Boulevard, Suite 310
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.690.5263

Willard B. Campbell, MD, FACS

General Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Norma M. Edwards, MD, FACS

General Surgery

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William C. Gibson, MD, FACS

General Surgery

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Michael E. Kelly, MD, FACS

General Surgery
Fellowship: Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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K. Robert Williams, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS

General Surgery
Fellowship: Bariatric Surgery

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TURKEY CREEK SURGEONS

TURKEY CREEK MEDICAL CENTER
Physicians Plaza 1, Suite G9
10810 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.306.5820

J. Randolph Reisser, MD, FACS

General and Vascular Surgery

Fellowship: Peripheral Vascular Surgery

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PREMIER CLEVELAND SURGEONS

PREMIER SURGICAL CLEVELAND
2275 Chambliss Ave. NW, Suite D
Cleveland, TN 37311
423.472.5423

Shannon P. Beierle, MD

General Surgery

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Jason L. Dunn, MD, FACS

General Surgery

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Eston K. Wenger, MD, FACS

General Surgery

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Joshua A. Worthington, MD

General Surgery

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