Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgical procedures with a low risk of complications. We can guide you throughout the procedure, advise you on what to expect, and support you with comprehensive aftercare.
Gallbladder surgery, also known as cholecystectomy, involves the removal of the gallbladder when patients are experiencing complications with gallstones. This is a very common procedure and many people live and function perfectly normally without a gallbladder. The gallbladder is simply a “storage facility” for bile which is made in the liver or the “factory”. In the setting of gallstones, the storage facility is defective. In removing the gallbladder, we are leaving the factory which can still function well. The liver makes 1.5L of bile a day so this is efficient enough for our needs.
Bile is made in the liver, and the gallbladder stores and concentrates bile between meals. If the mixture of the bile is not correct, when it is concentrated the bile can form stones in the gallbladder.
Most of our patients come to us after being diagnosed with gallstones. They are often experiencing pain, nausea, bloating, and vomiting. They may also be experiencing other complications such as jaundice, inflammation, and infection.
Gallbladder surgery is performed by removing the gallbladder using keyhole surgery.
Complications are extremely rare, but, as with any surgery, complications can occur. These can include infection, damage to other organs, major bleeding, bile leak, bile duct injury, and hernia.
Gallbladder surgery typically takes around an hour, but you may need to stay in hospital for the day, depending on your individual circumstances and needs.
If you have been diagnosed with gallstones and are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to act fast so you can return to normal life as quickly as possible.
Before committing to any of our procedures, our doctors always ensure our patients are informed of the procedure and provide in-depth information on aftercare.
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