The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that lies in the upper right portion of the abdomen on the underside of the liver. It is connected by ducts (or tubes) to the liver, and with the upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum). The gallbladder forces bile (produced by the liver and essential for digesting fats) out ducts leading into the intestine whenever food (particularly greasy food) is eaten. Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder due to disease or chronic gallstones. When the gallbladder is removed, this function is taken over by the liver and its ducts.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems include:
- Frequent bouts of indigestion, especially after eating fatty or greasy foods, or certain vegetables such as cabbage, radishes, or pickles.
- Nausea, vomiting and bloating.
- Sharp, upper-right abdominal pain. This pain is usually due to ductal blockage due to gallstones. If a gallstone becomes stuck in the common bile duct jaundice (a yellowing of the skin) may occur. This is a serious condition requiring immediate treatment.
Precision Surgical Consultants makes available three types of gallbladder surgeries to patients:
- Open Cholecystectomy – While this type of gallbladder surgery is not commonly performed, there may be some patients with complicated cases who require an open cholecystectomy, involving a larger incision and longer recuperating time.
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, the most common type of gallbladder surgery, is performed via four small incisions in the abdomen. Patients may go home the same day, and resume normal activity within a week’s time.
- Minimally Invasive Cholecystectomy using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System – If your doctor recommends surgery to treat gallbladder disease you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci surgery. Using the most advanced technology available , the da Vinci Surgical System enables your doctor to operate through a single incision.