About Gallbladder Surgery
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, our experienced gallbladder surgeons provide laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery, which is a successful method that uses minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques to remove the gallbladder. If you are in need of gallbladder surgery, contact our Scottsdale or Chandler AZ facilities to schedule your initial consultation.
Gallbladder Surgery Reviews
"My husband had his gallbladder out 2 weeks before me. Dr Amini did both of our procedures on an emergency basis at the hospital. My family can not thank him enough for taking care of both of us he is a wonderful physician and his staff is super sweet."- M.W. / Healthgrades / Feb 10, 2016
"I had gallbladder surgery and was very pleased with the overall experience that Dr. Amini and his staff provided. Dr. Amini is very caring and inspires trust."- A. / Healthgrades / Nov 09, 2016
"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
"The confidence that Dr. Amini exudes is not just seen outwardly but felt inwardly. Explanations before and follow - up after surgery I rate as excellent because of how in common language Dr. Amini explained the procedure and intended results.I highly recommend he and his staff of caring and professionals."- G.S. / Healthgrades / Jan 23, 2018
"Finally had a diagnosis or gallbladder being bad, Dr Amini got me in the same day with his partner Dr Bradley Neuman, his staff was so efficient and personable with total empathy for my situation. Brittany and the others did everything they could to get me in. I was told after the appointment, on a Friday afternoon no less, that they would try their best to get me in for surgery ASAP. They completely met that commitment and had me in the hospital Monday morning for surgery. It is so awesome that a staff and Doctors follow through with commitments. Thank you so much for your help, honesty and commitment to a patients needs. You all are ROCK STARS!!!"- J.H. / Yelp / Jul 27, 2018
Common Reasons for Gallbladder 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 offers 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 two-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 After Gallbladder Surgery
In most cases, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and can usually be completed 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.
Gallbladder Surgery FAQs
What are the side effects of having your gallbladder removed?
While gallbladder surgery is generally considered to be a very safe procedure, there can be a few undesirable side effects associated with it. Some of these side effects can include difficulty digesting fat, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation, jaundice, and fever. We'll walk you through everything you might experience during your recovery process to ensure you're always prepared. If you become concerned with any of your side effects, feel free to contact us immediately.
Will I lose weight after gallbladder surgery?
Gallbladder surgery is not a weight loss method and should not be treated as such. However, some patients do experience minor weight loss after undergoing the procedure. This has nothing to do with the surgery itself. Rather, it is caused by the body's temporary inability to digest fatty foods, leading to a healthier diet.
How do I know if I need gallbladder surgery?
The necessity for the gallbladder to be removed stems from the presence of gallstones in the gallbladder. These tiny stones block the flow of bile within the organ, which can lead to a litany of symptoms, including indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and gas. If you notice any of these side effects, consider scheduling a consultation with your doctor to discuss your concerns.
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 surrounding the gastrointestinal tract, we invite you to call Arizona Premier Surgery to schedule your appointment. Our team of board-certified gallbladder surgeons will utilize the latest surgical techniques and treatments to help you overcome your condition and get back on the road to recovery.
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