The gallbladder is a small, four-inch long organ located just beneath the liver. A healthy gallbladder stores bile and empties it into the small intestines to aid in digestion. Sometimes, gallstones form in the gallbladder – a condition nearly twice as common in women as it is in men. While many people in Bradenton live with gallstones for many decades, others require gallbladder removal, whether due to chronic inflammation or an infection caused by a bile duct blockage.
Did you know…
that surgery to remove the gallbladder is nearly as common as a routine hysterectomy? In fact, there are more than 600,000 cholecystecomy procedures performed in the U.S. every year – the majority of which (9 in 10) are minimally invasive. While the gallbladder has an important role as a storage center for bile, it is also highly expendable, as bile simply moves directly into the intestine and continues to break down fats as usual following a Bradenton cholecystecomy.
Only your doctor can determine if your gallbladder needs to be removed. However, a dysfunctional or diseased gallbladder may cause digestion-related symptoms, such as gas and bloating, a feeling of abdominal fullness, indigestion and even chronic diarrhea. Gallbladder pain can be severe and may become worse after eating foods high in fat content. Other signs of a gallbladder problem can include changes in stool color, jaundice, fever, and pain beneath the right shoulder blade.
Laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) gallbladder removals are the most minimally invasive gallbladder removal procedures available today. Because incisions are isolated to the bellybutton, these procedures leave very minimal, if any, obvious scarring. Furthermore, people who undergo laparoscopic surgery tend to have shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less blood loss and faster recovery times than patients who undergo traditional open gallbladder removal surgery.
If you have your gallbladder removed in Bradenton, you may have the option of laparoendoscopic single-site cholecystectomy. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes less than two hours to complete. Incisions are limited to the bellybutton area, through which the surgeon will insert a lighted camera and small surgical tools to complete the procedure. Most patients spend just one night in the hospital and return to normal activity within just a few days.