The gallbladder is not efficient and is prone to creating hard deposits known as gallstones. These gallstones can be painful and may block the flow of bile into your digestive system. If you experience severe chronic pain, bloating, nausea, other complications or conditions, your doctor may recommend removing the entire organ through surgery. This may not always be the case, as some symptoms can be corrected through diet or lifestyle changes. If your symptoms persist, you may be a candidate for a cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal.


Surgical alternatives may be required to treat some patients. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a common choice for patients as it is less invasive than traditional open removal surgery. The procedure utilizes a laparoscope, a narrow tube equipped with a camera, to maximize view while minimizing incisions. The scope is inserted through one incision, and the gallbladder is removed through another. A total of four small incisions are utilized.

Many patients may also be candidates for mini-cholecystectomy, a popular option for surgeons and patients due to its minimally invasive nature, decreased recovery time, and fewer complications. This procedure involves a single 2-3 inch incision below the right ribs. Not all patients may be eligible for these procedures, so talk with your doctor about all your options and create a plan. Contact Sulphur Surgical Center to schedule an appointment, and get on the road to good health today.


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