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Senior Times - August 2020 Bronson BATTLE CREEK
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 The gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver and next to
the pancreas. The gallbladder’s job
is to store bile produced by the liver. When we eat fatty food, the gallblad- der contracts, releasing this bile into the small intestine. This aids in the processing of the fat that we have just eaten. The more fat that is eaten, the more bile the gallbladder releases.
If all is working as it should, your gallbladder quietly goes about its mis- sion with little fanfare. If complica- tions arise it can become a very small organ that can become one big pain.
If the chemical balance of the bile released by the gallbladder changes, gallstones can form. These stones, which vary in size, can cause a blockage in the duct connecting the gallbladder and the small intestine.
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Once diagnosed with gallstones, surgical removal of the gallbladder
is the most advantageous solution. Because the liver produces bile on
its own, individuals are able to live without their gallbladder. Surgically removing the gallbladder puts an
end to gallstone attacks and elimi- nates the risk of future complications that might reoccur if the gallbladder remains in place. The surgical remov- al of your gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy.
Patients undergoing laparoscopic or robotic assisted surgery can often go home the same day. They are gen- erally able to eat and drink normally and move about without assistance. Under normal circumstances, work can be resumed after just a few days and patients fully recover in about a week.
This blockage can create a sense
of pressure, pain in the upper-right abdomen, and nausea. Indigestion can result after eating foods high in fat or protein. Vomiting, fever, and chills are other symptoms that may be associat- ed with a gallbladder attack. Episodes can reoccur and last from 30 minutes to several hours.
take up to six weeks.
Instead the go to options for gall-
Unfortunately, these symptoms can easily be mistaken for other digestive issues. Some people with gallstones do not realize they have them. Most cases of gallstones are uncovered when patients undergo certain diag- nostic tests, like an ultrasound or CT scan.
Laparoscopic surgery is a mini- mally invasive surgery that involves a surgeon making four small incisions through which surgical tools and a camera are inserted into the abdomen in order to remove the gallbladder. Similarly, robotic-assisted surgery involves a small incision. The differ- ence is that, with robotic-assisted sur- gery, it involves just one or two small incisions.
bladder removal are laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery.
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No matter which type of chole- cystectomy is chosen, most patients do not experience any ongoing issues after undergoing the surgery. Best of all, the reoccurring pain associated with gallbladder attacks is a thing of the past.
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At Bronson General Surgery, we have three different surgical options to remove the gallbladder. The open cholecystectomy involves an approx- imately six-inch abdominal incision. Because this is the most invasive type of cholecystectomy, and involves
a longer hospital stay and recovery period, it is only performed when circumstances dictate. Full recovery from an open cholecystectomy can
Abhishek Gupta, DO, is a board certified general surgeon at Bronson General Surgery Specialists in Battle Creek. He enjoys sharing information with both his patients and the public. He always focuses on helping his patients to understand their diagnosis and the treatment options available to them.
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