Gallbladder Surgery Using Minimally Invasive Techniques
If you are suffering from gallstones, Dr. Daniel Huacuz and his surgical team can remove your gallbladder using minimally invasive surgical cameras during gallbladder surgery at his Tijuana, Mexico, practice. At Certified Bariatric Surgeons, we are committed to your overall health. After your procedure, we will provide thorough follow-up care to ensure your health and safety. Gallbladder surgery involves very few risks, and after treatment, you will notice a significant improvement in your gallstones symptoms.
Liver (larger organ) and gallbladder (green, pear shaped)
What Is Gallbladder Surgery?
Your gallbladder is located just beneath your liver. This pear-shaped sac stores bile, a fluid that aids in digestion. After you eat, the gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine. Gallstones are tiny bits of solid material that can form inside your gallbladder.
In the vast majority of cases, they are made up of cholesterol. However, they can also be comprised of bilirubin, which comes from bile. Though anyone can develop gallstones, there are certain factors that can increase your risk. These include:
- Being female
- 40 years of age or older
- Rapid weight loss
- Cholesterol medication
- Hormone supplements and birth control
If gallstones are causing significant symptoms, your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy. At Certified Bariatric Surgeons, we can perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Using lighted tubes and small surgical cameras, we can remove your gallbladder through tiny incisions.
When is Gallbladder Surgery Necessary?
Frequently, gallstones will not cause any symptoms. However, if a stone blocks one of the ducts that secretes bile, you may experience significant discomfort. Symptoms can include:
- Pain in your upper right abdomen
- Pain in the center of your abdomen
- Pain in your right shoulder
- Pain between your shoulders
If you experience any these symptoms, and your doctor detects gallstones on an ultrasound or CT scan, you are likely a candidate for surgery. However, if you do not have any discomfort, gallstones do not normally require treatment.
During your consultation, we will determine your candidacy for laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive procedure is suitable for the vast majority of patients. However, if you have severe inflammation or significant scar tissue, traditional open surgery may be better for you.
Before, during, and after Gallbladder Removal
Before your cholecystectomy, you may need to stop taking certain medications, depending on your doctor’s instructions. In addition, the day before, you will drink a special solution to clean out your digestive system. You should not eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
Prior to your procedure, general anesthesia will be administered, so that you will be asleep during the procedure. We will then insert lighted tubes and a surgical camera through small incisions in your abdomen. Using these cameras, we can view internal organs and successfully remove your gallbladder.
If you have a gallstone lodged in a bile duct, we may remove the gallstone as well. Finally, we will close the incisions with sutures or tape. If you require open surgery, the procedure will be similar, except the doctor will need to create a five to seven inch incision.
Dr. Daniel Huacuz can perform world-class surgery to help you live a more comfortable and healthy life.
In most cases, you will be able to go home the day of your gallbladder surgery. Some patients, however, may need to stay one night in the hospital. You may experience some nausea and vomiting after surgery, but this should subside within a day or two. If you have a laparoscopic procedure, you can usually return to work and gentle physical activity in about one week.
On the other hand, if you have an open surgery, you may require four to six weeks of rest. During your recovery, it is important that you attend all follow-up appointments with the doctor. He will check your healing and advise you about when you can return to your normal activities.
Contact Certified Bariatric Surgeons
Dr. Daniel Huacuz can perform world-class surgery to help you live a more comfortable and healthy life. If you are experiencing the symptoms of gallstones, contact our office today for the care you need.