The gallbladder is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity. It collects and stores bile, or digestive fluid produced by the liver. If bile hardens or becomes crystalized then gallstones form which could block the flow of bile to the digestive tract. When this happens, laparoscopic and single incision gallbladder removal surgery in Naples and Fort Myers can help.
Surgery to remove the gallbladder is known as a cholecystectomy. In addition to treating gallstones in the digestive tract, gallbladder removal surgery treats the following problems:
- Pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis)
- Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
If gallstones form, you might experience a number of symptoms like nausea, indigestion and pain after eating.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
At GI Surgical Specialists, we use laparoscopic techniques to remove the gallbladder. Some advantages of minimally invasive gallbladder surgery include:
- Reduced pain at incision site(s)
- Reduced hospital stay
- Reduced recovery period
- Enhanced cosmetic healing
During laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, your surgeon will insert a thin, flexible tube known as a laparoscope through small incisions in the abdomen. Using a small camera and light in the laparoscope along with additional surgical tools, your surgeon will perform the surgery while viewing the operation on a monitor in the operating room. Laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery typically requires general anesthesia and usually lasts less than two hours.
Many patients are candidates for single incision gallbladder removal, which eliminates the need for the several small incisions required by the laparoscopic technique. Single incision surgery uses the belly button as the only access site into the abdomen to perform the operation. By using only one incision site, you can further reduce your risk of surgical complications and recovery time while enjoying the benefits of no visible external scarring.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications involved with gallbladder removal surgery and your surgeon will discuss those with you. Gallbladder problems that remain untreated over time can lead to severe pain, bacterial infection and gallbladder cancer.