In a recent article by Dr. Wright published in the American Journal of Surgery (2019), Wright looked at over 600 gallbladder surgeries performed at Meridian Surgery Center and found that a total of 182 patients (over 30%) had their gallbladders removed for atypical reasons. In the patients with biliary dyskinesia, 84% of patients had symptom resolution. 82% of patients with hyperdynamic gallbladders responded, 80% with polyps responded, and 57% of those with biliary colic and negative workup.
How Is the Gallbladder Removed?
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (sometimes called keyhole gallbladder removal due to the small incision and use of a tiny camera during the procedure) is the most common approach for gallbladder surgery and what we perform here at Meridian Surgery Center.
The procedure is fairly simple: Several small incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen, the gallbladder is separated, sutures applied, and the gallbladder removed. In pre-op appointments, our surgeons take all the time needed for you to understand the details of the procedure and recovery expectations.
How Long is Gallbladder Surgery Recovery?
Laparoscopic procedures are less invasive, outpatient surgeries performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep and pain-free during the operation and home within the day.
The average recovery time to return to normal work and activities is usually 1-2 weeks.
What Are the Risks of Gallbladder Removal?
Gallbladder removal surgery is considered a standard, safe procedure. Complications of laparoscopic surgery are rare. But, like any type of surgery, there are risks of complications, which can include bleeding, infection in the surgery area, blood clots, bile leakage, heart problems, hernias (when a small amount of your gut, or intestine, or other tissue bulges through the muscles that cover it). Your doctor will make sure that you completely understand the benefits and risks of surgery before your operation.
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