What is a Gallbladder Surgery?
Gallbladder surgery, also referred to as Cholecystectomy, is the procedure that involves the removal of the gallbladder (a pear-shaped organ below the liver on the upper side of the abdomen).
The surgery is necessary if a person experiences pain from gallstones that obstruct the flow of the bile.
The procedure is minimally invasive and uses small incisions in the abdomen that allows a surgeon to gain access to the gallbladder with the help of surgical tools such as a laparoscope (a high definition camera).
Sometimes a big incision is also made for removing the gallbladder, and the procedure is known as open Cholecystectomy.
Symptoms of Gallstones
- Infection of the gallbladder
- Significant abdominal pain
- Significant recurrence of indigestion
- Severe vomiting or nausea attributed to gallbladder stones
Who should consider Gallbladder Surgery?
The laparoscopy has many benefits, but the procedure may not be suitable for those patients who earlier had upper abdominal surgery.
The patients who had some pre-existing medical condition is also not appropriate for gallbladder surgery.
A thorough examination of the patient is done to determine whether or not the procedure is right for you.
The Conditions that Causes Gallbladder Problems
- If a gallstone blocks the common bile duct, then the condition of Jaundice may develop.
- It is not clear as to why some people form gallstones.
- The gallstones are responsible for causing gallbladder problems.
- The gallstones can obstruct the flow of bile out of the gallbladder.
This causes swelling of the gallbladder that results in severe abdominal pain, indigestion, and vomiting.
Gallbladder Removal Surgery
traditional surgery, a long incision of about 5-8 inches is made in the abdomen for removing the gallbladder.
The incision is made beneath the ribs on the right side and reaches below the waist.
This procedure is termed as open Cholecystectomy.
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the newer procedure for removing the gallbladder.
A high definition camera is used for viewing inside the body, and the doctor views the patient’s gallbladder on a TV screen.
The surgeon then does the surgery with surgical tools that are inserted in three tiny cuts in the right upper part of the abdomen.
The surgeon then takes out the gallbladder using one of the incisions.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery
- The patients can go home within a day.
- A faster recovery period where the patients can get back to their normal activities.
- Patients have minimal post-operative pain.
- Instead of 5-7 inch large incision, the procedure requires four small openings in the abdomen.
- Patients also experience a quicker recovery than open gallbladder surgery patients.
Living Without a Gallbladder
The person can live a normal life without a gallbladder.
Though the organ can be useful, it is not necessary.
The liver of a person will still produce bile for digesting the food.
By adopting simple lifestyle changes, a person can live a normal life.
Some of the lifestyle changes include the followings:
- Avoid eating a large quantity of food after fasting all day.
- Eat small and frequent meals.
- Adopt a low-fat diet regime.
- Avoid eating fried and high-calorie food.
Cost of Gallbladder Surgery
The gallbladder surgery in Iran is both convenient and cost-effective.
Iran is the only country in the world where a patient can avail the best treatment at 10-30% of the cost of the same procedure in the US or any other developed country.