The chance that you have ever heard of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rare if you are not in the medical field. However, it’s also very likely that you, or somebody you know has completed this procedure. A cholecystectomy is also commonly referred to as a gallbladder removal surgery.
Historically, many patients who had a gallbladder removal surgery have a very large scar where the surgeon had to cut to gain access to the gallbladder. Fortunately, the laparoscopic approach gives patients minimal scarring due to the use of five small incisions rather than a single large one.
The gallbladder is an organ that stores bile. Bile is a fluid that is made by your liver but secreted to help digest fats in the foods that we eat. Gallbladders may fail for a variety of reasons, or the production of gallstones can block the ability of bile to be properly secreted. If the gallbladder becomes damaged or doesn’t work properly, your doctor may opt to remove it entirely.
Fortunately, the gallbladder does not affect our ability to live a long and healthy life. However, it does become even more important to make sure to eat a healthy diet and cut down on foods that are high in fat.
Before laparoscopic surgery was around, open cholecystectomies were the only way to remove a gallbladder. Unfortunately, the large scar that was left on patients was one of the more minor side effects. The large incisions also led to a higher risk of infection, longer healing times, and complications for some patients, especially patients who have a bleeding disorder. Due to the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, patient safety and overall outcomes of gallbladder surgery have been improved.
If you need to have your gallbladder removed, or stones removed from the gallbladder, it is likely that you will be scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. You should work with your doctor to know exactly what to expect and understanding specific instructions that apply directly to your case.
Before your surgery, you will have been placed on a period where you cannot eat or drink any food. This helps to reduce the risk of any complications during your operation. In addition, you may have been given an antimicrobial soap and told to wash your chest and abdomen before the surgery. This helps to reduce the potential of an infection.
Once you arrive in the operating room, you will be sedated with a general anesthetic. This means that you will be unconscious and won’t remember any of your operations. Once you are unconscious, your surgeon will make several small incisions around the abdomen. These incision sites are used to gain access to the gallbladder with small tools and cameras. Once the gallbladder is located, it can be cut free and removed through one of the small incision sites.
The small incisions are then sutured or closed, and you are allowed to wake up. When the surgery is complete, you will be observed for a period of time before you are released. Because you have been under general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself. Patients should rest for the next few days but will begin to feel normal in a few days. Work with your doctor to identify when you can resume normal activity.
If you need to have, your gallbladder removed or think that there may be an issue, schedule an appointment with our offices today. Clarity Surgical in Long Island, NY offers superior care and professionalism for all of our patients, and we can work with you to identify the issue and walk you through each step of your solution. Call us today at (516) 400-4900 and let our talented staff help you feel better now!