The gallbladder is an important organ, but it is not essential for life. Therefore, the standard treatment for symptomatic patients suffering from gallstones or acute/chronic cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) is to surgically remove the gallbladder and gallstones.
For over 100 years, the technique of cholecystectomy evolved little and required a generous abdominal incision, but with the advent of laparoscopy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become the «gold standard» in the treatment of gallbladder disease and over 90% are performed using this minimally invasive approach with very low risks and rapid recovery.
Even today, the technique continues to evolve and improve, looking for better recovery times with less pain and better aesthetic results, an example of this continuous evolution is the single port access surgery or mini laparoscopic surgery where instruments of 2 millimeters in diameter are used.
Gallstones are an extremely common condition, occurring in approximately 10 to 36% of the adult population and, as such, represent a major public health problem. Factors contributing to the development of this disease are:
Symptoms can be summarized as biliary colic, which refers to the presence of moderate intermittent right upper quadrant and epigastric pain (right upper and central abdominal areas) that may radiate down the right scapula or back, usually beginning abruptly and gradually diminishing after a few minutes to hours.
Complications related to gallstones include acute cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis with or without cholangitis, gallstone pancreatitis, gallstone ileus and gallbladder carcinoma.
Ongoing inflammation with recurrent episodes of biliary colic or pain is known as chronic cholecystitis; approximately 66% of gallstone patients have these repeated attacks leading to scarring and disruption of normal gallbladder function.
* The attack of abdominal pain, in this case, usually lasts more than 1 hour, but disappears within 24 hours; If the pain persists for more than 1 day, the underlying cause is likely to be acute cholecystitis.
It is a pear-shaped organ that stores bile produced by the liver and contracts or «squeezes» every time you eat to help with digestion, mainly of fatty foods.
No, your body can completely adapt to its absence without any consequences. Fat digestion will be normal after a couple of weeks.
Only two 5 mm and two 10 mm incisions and in very selected cases maybe even ONE.
Yes, but those staples are titanium, they don’t hurt and can stay in your body forever.
You will be discharged the next morning after surgery.
Yes, just for the first couple of weeks, and easy to follow, since it is only a low-fat diet.
I will be happy to assist you personally!