What is Gallbladder Surgery?
Nearly all of our gallbladder procedures are performed laparoscopically with small incisions. Dr. Fromm also specializes in single site gallbladder surgery through one incision at the belly button.
Surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and unable to feel pain).
The surgeon will make 1-4 incisions in your belly, just below your ribs. The surgeon will cut the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to the gallbladder. Then your gallbladder will be removed.
A special x-ray called a cholangiogram may be done during the surgery. This involves squirting some dye into your common bile duct. The dye helps locate other stones that may be outside your gallbladder. If any are found, the surgeon may be able to remove these other stones with a special medical instrument.
Gallbladder removal surgery takes about an hour.
Your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal surgery if you have gallstones or your gallbladder is not functioning normally (biliary dyskinesia).
You may have some or all of these symptoms:
- Pain after eating, usually in the upper right or upper middle area of your belly (epigastric pain)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Infection (cholecystitis)