The gallbladder is a small organ that sits below the liver and is next to the pancreas. It stores the bile that the liver produces, and it will send that bile into the small intestine through small tubes called ducts. While bile helps with fat digestion, the gallbladder can also develop gallstones, which can lead to numerous health concerns. Fortunately, gallbladder surgery is a safe and effective way to address this issue.
Why Get Gallbladder Surgery?
A patient should consider gallbladder surgery under the following circumstances:
• The patient has repeated bouts of pain caused by gallstones
• The patient has gallstones and a compromised immune system
• The patient develops acute cholecystitis or sudden inflammation of the gallbladder
• The gallbladder is nonfunctional and causing symptoms
• The gallbladder develops a calcified wall
• The patient has polyps larger than 0.4 inches in their gallbladder
What are Gallstones?
Gallstones are solid matter that form in the gallbladder and can cause pain if they get stuck in a bile duct. There are two main types: cholesterol stones and pigment stones. Cholesterol stones, which are typically yellow-green, are by far the most common type. They account for 80 percent of gallstones. Pigment stones are darker and smaller. They are made from bilirubin, a substance that comes from bile.
Gallstones may not cause any symptoms at all, or they can cause pain in the upper abdomen and back, nausea, vomiting and other digestive problems. In many cases, gallbladder surgery is needed to treat the issue.
Am I a Candidate for Gallbladder Surgery?
The most common symptom of gallbladder inflammation is pain in the upper right abdomen that can sometimes shift to the shoulder or back. The acute form is usually treated by removing the gallbladder, while a patient with the chronic form may benefit from techniques that dissolve the gallstones. The exact techniques used will depend on the situation.
A person in good overall health, aside from their issues with their gallbladder, is likely a good candidate for gallbladder surgery. The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with the experts. During an appointment at Surgical Associates of South Florida, our specialist can assess your condition and address any questions or concerns you may have about your condition and the procedure. From there, we can help you determine if gallbladder surgery is likely to help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Miami.