Gallbladder SurgeryNew York, NY
The digestive process involves multiple steps and body parts that play a specific role. If one part does not work properly, then the entire process can change and cause other health problems. One such organ of the body, which can cause significant pain, is the gallbladder. If gallstones form in the gallbladder, then patients need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Gallstones and the Need for Surgery
We can use laparoscopic surgical techniques to effectively remove the gallbladder and the gallbladder tones to provide pain relief to the patient. Far too often, people will avoid professional treatment and believe their pain is only temporary. By postponing the treatment, the situation will only get worse until the patient seeks professional care.
Our gallbladder surgery can provide pain relief through customized treatment that minimizes scarring after the surgery.
The gallbladder is an organ in the body that produces bile, digestive fluid, to decompose food in the stomach for digestion. Gallstones are hardened digestive fluid that can form into small to moderately large stones in the gallbladder. The largest can be about the size of a golf ball and patients can have multiple stones at once.
There are several possible reasons for why gallstones form, including:
- The gallbladder does not empty properly or empty enough at once
- The gallbladder contains too much cholesterol which can form into gallstones
- The gallbladder contains too much bilirubin, which can form into gallstones
- Possible medical condition that results in gallstones forming
While most people may feel pain in the upper abdomen from the gallstones, some people may not feel pain until they are large or numerous enough to cause a disturbance. In some cases, the pain can last a few minutes or several hours. Some people may not need professional treatment, while others will definitely need it.
Symptoms to Watch out For
Symptoms of gallstones may not always appear and can vary in the level of pain. In many cases, the pain results from the gallstones blocking the bile duct in the gallbladder. By understanding the potential gallstone symptoms people can seek treatment instead of trying to use over-the-counter painkillers for relief. Symptoms of gallstones can include:
- A sudden pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen
- Pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen that continues to intensify
- Sudden pain in the center of the abdomen
- Pain in the back between the shoulder blades
- Pain in the right shoulder
- Potential nausea or vomiting from the pain
Since the pain can occur at any point, people may not realize the exact cause until after seeking medical treatment. The most effective treatment for gallstones that cause pain is gallbladder surgery to remove the gallbladder. Also known as a cholecystectomy, this procedure can remove the gallbladder to prevent the patient from feeling pain.
Contrary to what some people might think, people can live without a gallbladder and have almost no issues from removing it.
With our laparoscopic surgical techniques, we can minimize scarring and increase the precision. During an initial examination, we will review the patient’s current condition and medical history to determine if surgery is the most effective option. If the gallstones are blocking the digestive tract and preventing the fluid from exiting the gallbladder, we will recommend surgery.
The gallstones can cause varying levels of pain from none at all to immense discomfort. Removing the gallbladder will treat the issue and prevent it from occurring again. While some may have concerns about this, the body does not need the gallbladder to continue functioning. The liver will generate enough bile to digest food without the gallbladder and the bile will eventually make its way to the small intestine.
In order to prevent possible risks of the surgery, we use minimally invasive techniques, known as laparoscopic surgery. This will allow us to remove the gallbladder without having to make a large opening in the abdomen. With laparoscopic surgery, patients will not have to remain in the hospital for long after the procedure and can return home more quickly than with traditional surgery.
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The length of time that recovery takes and the time a patient will need to remain in the hospital will vary per patient. We will go over all of this and address any other concerns during the initial consultation. We can also schedule aftercare if necessary. If you believe you need gallbladder surgery and want an efficient option with minimized risks, then call us and schedule an appointment today.
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