Gallbladder Surgery Detroit

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

By 1990, a revolution was taking place in surgery. Removal of the gall bladder by laparoscopy and not traditional open surgery. This allows for much faster recovery, often in 4 to 5 days. Also, most patients go home the same day and often do not require more than Tylenol or Motrin type pills for pain !

The surgery requires general anesthesia. Four small incisions are made in the upper abdomen although Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (SILS) is available to some patients. This Single Incision can usually be hidden in the umbilicus (belly-button) and when it heals is nearly “scarless surgery”. As in all laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is temporarily filled with carbon dioxide gas to allow visualization. The gallbladder’s connection to the liver duct and its blood supply are delineated and clipped to then allow removal of the organ. This surgery has an excellent safety record. It usually takes less than an hour to complete the procedure. Patients must have a ride to go home. Mild nausea that day is common but by the next day, most patients can tolerate solid food and resume many activities.

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