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Gallbladder Surgery Treatment & Diagnostics in Koramangala, Bangalore

Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is performed when your gallbladder is filled with large and painful gallstones and cannot be dissolved through medication alone.

The gallbladder is a small organ located just below your liver. The gallbladder’s primary function is to store a digestive juice called bilirubin or bile produced by the liver.

What Is Gallbladder Surgery?

Gallbladder surgery is a medical procedure to remove the gallbladder from the body surgically. The surgery can be of two types:

  • Open Method
    This is the traditional method of surgery where the doctor makes a 4 to 6-inch long incision on the upper right side of your abdomen, through which they remove the gallbladder.
  • Laparoscopic Method
    Laparoscopy is a more advanced technique to remove the gallbladder as it is less invasive than the traditional method. Here, the surgeon makes three or four small incisions in the upper right side of your abdomen. A tube, called the laparoscope, is inserted through one of the incisions. It has a video camera attached. With the help of the television screen synced with the video camera, the surgeon then locates and removes the gallbladder.
    The open surgery method is a more invasive procedure than the laparoscopic method. Therefore, the recovery time is longer. Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, and the recovery time is relatively shorter.

When Do You Need a Cholecystectomy?

Usually, when gallstones develop in your body, the doctor recommends attempting to dissolve them with medication. However, in some cases, the gall stones grow to become so big and painful that surgically removing the bladder might be the only option.

Your doctor might recommend surgery as the only option in the situations below:

  • Gallstones have formed lumps all over the gallbladder
  • Abnormal tissue growths around the gallbladder
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Presence of gallstones in the bile duct
  • There is swelling, inflammation, or infection in the gallbladder
  • The gallbladder is cancerous

Symptoms

Gallbladder problems may not be easy to detect as they can be easily confused for any other regular problem. However, if you notice any of the below symptoms, it’s best to get yourself checked.

  • A sharp, sudden, and increasing pain on the upper right side of the abdomen
  • A sharp, sudden, and increasing pain at the center of your upper abdomen, just below the chest
  • If the above pain gets worse after every meal
  • Sudden pain in your upper back, in between the shoulder blades
  • You experience sudden pain in your right shoulder
  • You experience nausea and a vomiting sensation

Such pains could last for minutes and sometimes, even hours.

Causes

Here are some possible causes of gallbladder problems:

  • Too much cholesterol in your bile
  • Excess amounts of bilirubin in your bile

Bile is very concentrated, hampering the functioning of your gallbladder.

When Should You See A Doctor?

Gall bladder issues can get very critical. Therefore, you must see a doctor if:

  • You experience excruciating pain in your abdomen
  • If you notice any signs of jaundice, like the yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
  • You experience high fever and chills

Request an appointment at Apollo Hospitals.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Conclusion

If you’re experiencing issues with your gallbladder, then surgery is the most promising treatment for a more permanent cure. Medication may give you only temporary relief. However, surgery might become essential at a later time.

Watch out for the early signs of gallstones and gallbladder problems, and consult your doctor for a check-up. 

Will removing the gallbladder deteriorate my health?

In most cases, surgery does more good than bad because patients tend to opt for a healthier lifestyle after the surgery.

How long after the laparoscopic surgery can I get discharged?

Laparoscopy is a relatively quicker procedure than traditional surgery. Patients may get discharged on the same day as the surgery itself if all their vitals look well.

What are some preparations to be taken before a gallbladder surgery?

Your doctor will advise you to stop taking certain medications if they hamper the surgery. However, you must tell your doctor about all the medicines you are on.
Regarding food, you will be asked to consume no eatables until the night before the surgery. You may be allowed to have only water to take your medicines.

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