Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Everything you need to know about gallstones & gallbladder operations

So, let’s talk about gallstones.

Gallstones are very common and can affect around 10% of people. One of the more regular causes of gallstones is weight loss, which can be a common occurrence after successful weight loss surgery.

Gallstones may present as asymptomatic and generally cause no problems, however, some patients might experience indigestion and flatulence. In other cases, patients may present with pain and get what is known as a biliary colic, or if there is inflammation or localized infection, acute cholecystitis. If patients are experiencing pain and symptoms due to gallstones, then surgery may be necessary.

To detect the presence of gallstones, they are most often diagnosed through the use of an ultrasound scan. Complications of gallstones include infection in the gallbladder and if one of the stones leaves the gallbladder and enters the duct system, then there is the risk of developing jaundice, bile duct infection and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). In such situations, urgent surgery may be needed.

Gallbladder surgery, which is also known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or keyhole removal of the gallbladder, is generally safe with a high rate of success. The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and many of the incisions used in a sleeve gastrectomy may also be used in a gallbladder operation. Post-surgery, it is necessary to stay overnight in hospital with patients generally returning to all of their usual activities within 1 to 2 weeks.

The talented team of surgeons at Western Surgical Health are highly experienced in gallbladder surgery and are able to discuss this further with you and answer any questions you may have.

Typical gallstones and gallbladder after removal

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Our care is unique in that we provide highly specialised professionals all at one location to support you in your surgery.

Our team includes:

– Specialised Bariatric Surgeons (both male and female)
– General Surgeons (both male and female)
– Bariatric GPs (both male and female)
– Accredited Practising Dietitians
– Specialised Psychologists