The gallbladder is a small pouch under your liver on the right side of your abdomen. It stores fluid called "bile" that is made in your liver and helps you digest fat.
When you eat, your gallbladder squeezes bile into your intestine through tiny tubes called bile ducts. Sometimes these tubes can get blocked by gallstones. That can cause:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the abdomen, back, or under the right arm
- Jaundice (yellowish skin)
Sometimes these symptoms are not caused by gallstones but by other problems with the gallbladder. In either case, cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) can be the best treatment.
Some patients can have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimally invasive surgery. But it's not recommended for everyone, particularly those who have had other abdominal surgeries or are pregnant. Our surgeons can recommend the best procedure for you and help you decide on the best treatment options for your disease and lifestyle.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include less pain, a faster recovery and better cosmetic results. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) and Hidden Scar Laparoscopy/Micro Laparoscopy (Micro) options are also available, offering smaller and often hidden incisions as well as fewer visible scars and reduced post-operative pain.
During laparoscopic cholecystectomy, patients are given general anesthesia. The surgery takes typically takes one to two hours and patient usually go home the day after surgery, all dependent upon the each patient's situation.
The experts at North Carolina Surgery are trained in the newest techniques to treat your gallbladder issues and relieve your pain. For personalized and timely care, visit any of our locations throughout Wake County in Raleigh, Cary, Wakefield, Garner, Knightdale and Holly Springs. Our surgeons also help to provide round the clock coverage of surgery patients in the Rex Emergency Department.
Using the most up-to-date technology, your treatment will be safe, convenient and tailored to your specific needs. Rest assured that we'll have you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
For more information about gallbladder issues and cholecystectomy, see the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the American College of Surgeons.