The gallbladder is a tiny pear-shaped organ that sits just beneath the liver on the upper right side of your abdomen. Your gallbladder collects and stores bile- a chemical produced by the liver that helps in the digestion of fats. Gallbladder removal surgery might be necessary for some people who experience pain or other conditions. Dr. Rajesh Padmanabhan explains, “Gallbladder removal surgery is a common surgery with very little risk of complications. For some of my patients, they are able to go home the same day.”
A very common ailment is gallstones. Gallstones cause pain by blocking the flow of bile. If you’re having gallbladder symptoms caused by gallstones or other conditions, your doctor may recommend surgery as part of your treatment. You don’t need to worry too much about losing that little organ, the human digestive system can work without a gallbladder. It may not function as accurately, but its absence won’t make much difference. To confirm the diagnosis before surgery an ultrasound or scan is performed.
The recommendation for removal may come if you have:
- Gallstones in the gallbladder
- Gallstones in the bile duct
- Gallbladder infection
- Gallbladder pain
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Pancreas inflammation
The most common symptoms of gallstones are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gallbladder pain in the upper right abdomen, usually after eating
In most cases, the gallbladder is removed, not repaired. Open surgery can be used for removal, however, this requires a large cut on the right abdomen. More than 90% of cases are treated with laparoscopic surgery. With laparoscopic surgery, small cuts are made and it is removed with the help of a laparoscope.
Dr. Rajesh Padmanabhan is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Padmanabhan has practices in Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington. He is named Top10MD – 1-in- 3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Padmanabhan link to his profile or call his office today, 817-466- 7400.