Gallbladder removal surgery is recommended for a number of issues, ranging from gallstones to cancer
care. For most patients, the surgery is safe and effective with minimal
risk, but it is not right for everyone. Whether the intense pain of gallstones
sent you to the ER or your symptoms developed more slowly, your gastroenterologist
will help you determine if gallbladder removal surgery can help you find
relief. Here are some of the signs that this procedure could be right for you.
You Have Painful Gallstones
Some people who have gallstones don’t experience any symptoms. These
cases are called silent gallstones. In other cases, gallstones can be
very painful. During a gallstone attack, which often occurs after a fatty
meal, patients may experience pain in the upper abdomen that is intense
enough to require ER care. Other chronic gallstone symptoms include bloating,
indigestion, nausea, low-grade fever, and clay-colored stools. Jaundice
may also occur. Although over-the-counter medications can control the
pain and bile salt tablets can help dissolve stones over a prolonged period,
gallbladder removal surgery is the most reliable cure for painful gallstones.
You’ve Been Diagnosed with Gallbladder Cancer
Cancer that occurs in the gallbladder can cause abdominal pain, weight
loss, fever, itchy skin, and jaundice. Surgery can be used as a standalone
treatment or as part of a combination of therapies for cancer care. If
the cancer has not spread beyond the gallbladder, removing it can potentially
be curative. In other cases, gallbladder removal can help relieve the
symptoms of gallbladder cancer and can be done in conjunction with other
You Haven’t Had Previous Gallbladder Surgeries
Sometimes, if you have had previous surgeries around your gallbladder,
gallbladder removal can be more complicated. This is also true if you
bleed a lot. Although you may still be eligible for gallbladder surgery,
your surgeon may need to perform an open, rather than laparoscopic, procedure.
Westside Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer our patients the very
latest advances in surgical technology, including
robotic surgery near Plantation, FL, to make procedures and recoveries as fast and safe as possible. Get more
information about our surgical services by calling (954) 722-9933.