Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Gallbladder issues usually stem from the presence of gallstones: small hard masses consisting primarily of cholesterol and bile salts. Through an ultrasound or a CT scan, we can quickly identify gallstones and recommend a treatment option. Since gallstones don't go away on their own, and could possibly block the flow of the bile out of the gallbladder, causing it to swell and resulting in sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and sometimes fever, surgical removal is the safest treatment.
Our surgeons perform this procedure laparoscopically, which requires only four small openings in the abdomen rather than the traditional five to seven inch incision.