The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located under the liver that stores and releases additional bile after eating. When the amount of bile and chemicals inside the gallbladder are imbalanced, gallstones may develop and irritate the lining of the bladder, causing heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Gallstones are often treated with surgery to remove the gallbladder, which is not necessary for proper digestion.
A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the gallbladder for patients with severe symptoms related to their gallstones or gallbladder problem. This procedure is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the US and is safe for most patients with gallbladder problems.
Cholecystectomy is usually performed laparoscopically, which involves making several small incisions rather than one large incision to remove the gallbladder. This technique also avoids the need to cut the muscles of the abdomen for access to the gallbladder. A laparoscope and tiny surgical instruments are inserted into these incisions to remove the gallbladder, which is taken out through one of the same incisions. With laparoscopy, patients can return to work more quickly after surgery and have less pain and scarring as well. Most patients can return home the same day.
Cholecystectomy can also be performed through a single port through the umbilicus or belly-button. This is relatively new technology, and we are the most experienced surgeons in Southern California utilizing LESS technique.
If you are interested in learning more about Cholecystectomy, call 818-226-9030 today to schedule an appointment.