A gallbladder procedure is a surgery to remove the gallbladder. It is usually performed on patients who struggle with ongoing gallstone attacks.
The gallbladder is a small organ that stores bile, a fluid that helps the body digest fats. Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder. If gallstones block the bile duct, they can cause pain, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, gallstones can lead to more serious complications, such as infection or pancreatitis.
When would you want a gallbladder procedure?
If you have gallstones that are causing ongoing or severe symptoms, you may be considering gallbladder surgery to provide a more permanent solution.
Gallbladder procedures are also recommended for people who have had a gallstone attack that caused pancreatitis or who have a high risk of developing complications from gallstones.
What is involved in a gallbladder procedure?
There are two main types of gallbladder procedures: laparoscopic cholecystectomy and open cholecystectomy.
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy – the most common type of gallbladder surgery, performed using small incisions in the abdomen. During laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera on the end, into one of the incisions. The surgeon then uses the laparoscope to view the inside of the abdomen and remove the gallbladder through one of the incisions.
- Open cholecystectomy – a more invasive procedure that is performed through a larger incision in the abdomen.
Risks of gallbladder procedures
The risks of gallbladder procedures are similar to the risks of any surgery and include bleeding, infection, and complications related to anaesthetic. In rare cases, gallbladder procedures can also lead to serious complications, such as damage to the liver or bowel. All potential risks will be fully explained at your consultation, prior to surgery.
Benefits of gallbladder procedures
- Effective relief of gallstone symptoms
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced risk of complications from gallstones, such as infection or pancreatitis
What should I expect after a gallbladder procedure?
You may be able to go home the same day after surgery or stay longer if needed. You will also need to take it easy and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. You may experience some pain and discomfort after your surgery, but this should subside over time. You will also need to follow directions carefully to prevent complications.
Gallbladder surgery consultation
If you are considering a gallbladder procedure, why not arrange a consultation. Professor Reddy is highly experienced in this procedure and can offer assessment, recommendations and detailed information. We offer video consultations for your convenience or face to face at a choice of locations.