Everything You Need to Know Before Undergoing Gallbladder Surgery
Sharp pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever, and indigestion may be an indication that your gallbladder isn’t functioning properly. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider right away. If it becomes clear that you need gallbladder surgery, then having an experienced, practiced, and compassionate surgeon at your side is essential to a safe and effective recovery.
At General and Vascular Surgery, we have an entire team of surgeons dedicated to gallbladder issues and surgery. Our surgeons practice the most advanced, minimally-invasive surgical approaches such as laparoscopy and robotic procedures, treating every patient with compassion and quality care.
What to Expect When It Comes to Gallbladder Surgery
Typically, an ultrasound, CT and/or HIDA scan will reveal problems with the gallbladder. When the gallbladder stops operating as it should, removing it is often the best treatment option. Patients should be referred to a doctor that specializes in the digestive and gastrointestinal system when gallbladder surgery is recommended.
It’s important to consult with a certified and skilled surgeon that specializes in gallbladder surgery. The advantages of choosing a practice such as GVS is knowing that our surgeons have decades of combined education and experience, while also being proficient in the latest state-of-the-art surgical technologies and techniques, including laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic gallbladder removal offers several advantages, which include:
- Minimal to No Hospital Stay
As compared to open surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is minimally invasive, which allows patients to return home on the same day following their procedure.
- Less Scarring
Only small incisions are required to perform laparoscopic surgery.
- Reduced Pain and Recovery Time
Some pain after gallbladder surgery is to be expected but typically subsides within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
While many patients qualify for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, there may be some individuals who will need open, cholecystectomy surgery to remove the gallbladder. A consultation with a surgeon will determine which method of gallbladder surgery is best.
What Should You Expect After Gallbladder Surgery?
The first question many people ask is whether or not gallbladder surgery complications are high—during surgery or in the recovery phase. Research demonstrates that laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, in particular, comes with very little risk of complication.
Recovery time varies depending on what type of gallbladder surgery is performed. Generally, pain can be managed by ice packs on the incision area and mild, over-the-counter pain relievers. Provided that you follow the post-procedure instructions and gallbladder surgery recovery tips of your surgeon, you can expect a healing time of about one to two weeks for laparoscopic surgery.
For precision, safe, and trustworthy gallbladder surgery, set up a consultation now with one of our GVS specialty surgeons, or call us any time with your questions at 574-236-1888.