Gall Bladder Surgery
Your gallbladder is a small organ in the upper right part of your abdomen (belly). It looks like a small pouch and stores bile. Bile is the liquid your liver produces that helps to break down fats.
Who needs to have their gall bladder removed?
People who have gallstones may need gallbladder removal. Gallstones are small, pebble-like deposits that build up in your gallbladder. Gallstones are typically made of bile byproducts called cholesterol or bilirubin. The stones usually form because of an imbalance in the substances that create bile.
Some people don’t feel gallstones or know they have them. Sometimes, gallstones block the flow of bile and affect your pancreas (pancreatitis) or gallbladder (cholecystitis). You may have:
- Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right part of your belly.
- Jaundice (yellowish skin or yellowing in the whites of your eyes).
- Nausea and vomiting.
Is gall bladder surgery the only treatment for gallstones?
Although there may be a chance that medications could be helpful, they haven’t been scientifically proven effective. Your provider may recommend surgery if your gallbladder causes you problems from gallstones. Depending on your general health, you may not need treatment if your gallstones don’t cause any symptoms.
Recovery after Gall bladder removal
After open gallbladder removal, recovery typically takes around six to eight weeks. Recovery from laparoscopic gallbladder removal typically takes around two weeks.
Frequently Asked Gall Bladder Surgery Questions
As strange as it may seem, the general medical consensus is that you don’t need your gallbladder because the gallbladder is simply a storage bag for bile. The liver is capable of adapting and making more than enough bile to help digest your food after your gallbladder is removed. Rarely, people may have bowel changes such as loose stools after this type of surgery.