Gallbladder Surgery

What is the gallbladder?

Gallbladder surgery in Hollywood Florida

The gallbladder is responsible for storing the bile produced by the liver. The gallbladder then releases the bile into the intestine when it is needed to break down fats during digestion. This bile travels from the gallbladder to the intestines through a bile duct.

In some cases, the bile that is stored in the gallbladder can thicken and form gallstones. Gallstones are small, hard masses of cholesterol and bile salts and can be very painful. In other instances, the gallbladder can stop functioning properly and need to be removed. Gallblader surgery is used to treat both a dysfunction, or “dyskenetic” gallbladder, and gallstones.

Gallbladder surgery

A laparoscopic cholcystectomy is a minimally invasive surgery used to remove the gallbladder. The surgeon makes several small incisions around the gallbladder and then inserts a long, flexible tube with a light and a camera on the end. Special surgical instruments are then inserted into the incisions and the procedure is performed with the surgeon watching the operation on a monitor connected to the camera.

If you develop gallstones or your gallbladder becomes dysfunctional, your doctor may recommend gallbladder surgery to treat you. Learn more about gallbladder surgery, which is often a laparoscopic procedure with a short recovery time, contact Dr Thomas Bass at Surgical Consultants of Southwest Florida today.