The gallbladder is the “pouch” that resides just below the liver. It is a part of the biliary tract and its primary purpose is to store bile that is produced by the liver. Bile is a yellowish-brown liquid enzyme that helps to digest fats. It is eliminated during digestion, squeezed through the small intestine, and released from the body. Gallbladder infections are common and create painful symptoms that get in the way of everyday life. Because the gallbladder itself is not necessarily needed like many other organs, if a condition or infection cannot be treated, gallbladder removal surgery, known as a cholecystectomy, is usually performed. At Arizona Premier Surgery, we offer laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery, which is a successful method that uses minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques to remove the gallbladder.
Common Reasons for Surgery
Gallstones are formed inside the gallbladder when an excess of bile salts or cholesterol bilirubin form. These stones are generally round, small, and hard and can be painful when trying to pass through the small intestine. In some cases, gallbladder removal surgery may be necessary to treat gallstones.
This is an infection within the gallbladder. Infections can be common for some individuals and often occur when there is a gallstone in the gallbladder. Abdominal pain and fever are the primary symptoms and the condition can recur for many people. If this infection is one that continues to recur, surgery is recommended.
This is a painful condition that affects the pancreas and occurs when an impacted gallstone does not allow the pancreas to drain. This can lead to inflammation of the pancreas and can turn into a serious condition if not treated.
Cancer of the gallbladder is rare, but if diagnosed, gallbladder removal surgery is usually recommended. Often, when found, the cancer is in late stage and symptoms mirror those of gallstones.
About Gallbladder Removal
If gallbladder removal surgery is recommended, our team of surgeons offer the latest techniques that can safely remove the infected organ in a minimally invasive way. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a surgery that uses laparoscopic techniques to remove the gallbladder. During the surgery, patients are put under general anesthesia and a small 2-inch incision is made near where the gallbladder resides. Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a small video camera that is inserted into the body, along with several thin instruments. A nearby monitor shows the internal organs and provides a clear view so that the surgeon can precisely navigate and perform the removal. This method is very safe and extremely effective, with an overall complication rate of less than 2% because of the small incision and ease of removal. Once the gallbladder is removed, the incision is closed with sutures.
What to Expect
In most cases, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and can usually be completely within an hour. Most patients are released and can return home the same day to begin their recovery. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort may occur near the incision site, but this goes away within a few days after the incisions begin to heal. Laparoscopic surgery allows patients to heal much faster than open surgery. Most patients are fully recovered within about 1 – 2 weeks, with only a small scar remaining.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hr
- Procedure Recovery Location
Latest Surgical Options
If you suffer from gallstones or have issues of problems surrounding the gastrointestinal tract, we invite you to call Arizona Premier Surgery to schedule your appointment. Our team of board-certified surgeons will utilize the latest surgical technique and treatments to help you overcome your condition and get back on the road to recovery.