The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located underneath the right side of the liver. It accumulates a bile created by the liver to be sent to the lower intestine, assisting in the digestion process. One of the more frequently performed surgical procedures is gallbladder extraction. Dr. Steljes offers laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery as a less invasive surgical procedure option to treat gallbladder disease.
Dr. Trina Steljes is an expert transplant surgeon in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with over 17 years of experience. Dr. Steljes and her medical team aim to help enhance your wellness and improve your quality of living. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
What causes gallbladder difficulties?
More often, gallbladder problems are caused by gallstones, which are typically hard and small. They are composed of bile salts and cholesterol that accumulate in the bile duct of the gallbladder. It’s unclear why some people experience gallstones. Some people have gallstones in their lineage. Additionally, they are more common to occur in females over the age of 40. Gallstones can obstruct the flow of bile out of the gallbladder which can result in swelling, sharp abdominal pain, indigestion, fever, and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult with Dr. Steljes to best determine your treatment option.
Is anesthesia involved in laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery?
Yes, all patients who undergo laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery are administered general anesthesia and will be asleep throughout the procedure.
What are some advantages of laparoscopic gallbladder removal?
- Laparoscopic gallbladder removal requires fewer incisions than open gallbladder surgery
- Patients may experience less post-operative pain and discomfort than other gallbladder removal approaches
- Patient’s generally have a faster recovery period than open gallbladder surgical approaches
Is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery right for me?
If you are experience sharp abdominal pain, indigestion, fever, vomiting and a yellowing of the skin, you may be experiencing gallstones and laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery may be for you. However, if you have experience severe gallbladder disease or upper abdominal surgery in the past, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery may not be the best option for you. To best determine if you are a good candidate, contact us today and consult with Dr. Steljes.
Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is a highly advanced surgical option that can relieve gallbladder issues such as gallstones. If you are experiencing symptoms of gallstones or other gallbladder difficulties, don’t hesitate. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out if laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery may be right for you.