Why might I need my gallbladder removed?
The doctor may consider a Cholecystectomy if a patient’s gallbladder has:
- Has gallstones
- Is infected or inflamed
- Is cancerous
Gallbladder symptoms and problems
Gallbladder problems usually exhibit pain on your upper abdomen’s middle or right side. Sometimes pain can also be felt in your right shoulder blade. Meals high in fat may trigger the pain or make the pain worse.
When a stone becomes lodged in one of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, these stones can cause the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in the upper right abdomen that can travel to the upper back.
- Fever and chills
- Nausea that also my by accompanied by vomiting
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin, also know as jaundice
- Dark urine or clay colored stools
Talk to your doctor if you experience these types of issues.
Types of surgery offered for cholecystectomy
Cholecystectomy is offered in multiple variants, SILS, laparoscopic and open surgery. The laparoscopic method involves a few tiny incisions in your abdomen to perform the surgery.
SILS or the laparoscopic method is preferred as it lowers the risk of infection and speeds up healing time compared to traditional open surgery.
Risks of a cholecystectomy
- Liver Injury
- Injury to the bile duct
- Hernia in the incision site