The gallbladder is a small sac located under the liver. It stores and concentrates the bile produced in the liver, which aids in the digestion of fats. Bile is released from the gallbladder to help with the digestion of food, especially fats, in the upper small intestine.
The gallbladder may develop gallstones, or may simply not be functioning correctly a disease described as biliary dyskinesia. Symptoms caused by gallstones are typically pain in the abdomen, usually right under the right ribcage and sometimes right under the breastbone and through to the back. Nausea and a bloating sensation are also common with gallstones.
Our center specializes in Gallbladder surgery. Having performed hundreds of gallbladder surgeries every year, it is almost always done laparoscopically. While national rates of making old fashioned incisions (open surgery) is about 2-5%, our patients almost never will have to go through an open surgery. Our rate for conversion is less than 0.1%. While that doesn’t mean that you could never require an open incision, it almost guarantees that you will have your gallbladder removed both laparoscopically and safely.
For more information on gallbladder surgery please contact us for an appointment.