Gallbladder Surgery Perth

A gallstone is a lump of hard material that usually ranges in size from a grain of sand to 3-4 centimetres. They are formed inside the gallbladder and develop as a result of precipitation of cholesterol and bile salts from the bile.

Types of gallstones and causes:

  • Cholesterol stones
  • Pigment stones
  • Mixed stones – the most common type. They are comprised of cholesterol and salts.

Cholesterol stones are usually yellow-green and are made primarily of hardened cholesterol. They account for about 80 percent of gallstones. Scientists believe cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty as it should for some other reason.

Pigment stones are small, dark stones made of bilirubin. The exact cause is not known. They tend to develop in people who have cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia in which too much bilirubin is formed.

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Other causes are related to excess excretion of cholesterol by the liver through bile. Factors that may contribute to the risk of gallstones include:

  • Women between 20 and 60 years of age are twice as likely to develop gallstones as men.
  • Obesity is a major risk factor for gallstones, especially in women.

Gallstones can often cause pain and discomfort and may lead to serious health issues. If your gallstones are affecting your gallbladder function, surgery for gallbladder removal is often recommended. The gallbladder operation is usually performed laparoscopically and an overnight stay in hospital is recommended.

Please talk to our Surgeons for more gallbladder removal information. They can advise you more fully about the risks and benefits of gallbladder surgery.

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Prof Jeff Hamdorf AM
Prof Jeff Hamdorf AMSurgeon

Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon based at Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands. Professor Hamdorf established Western Surgical Health, leader in team approach to morbid obesity. MORE

Dr Sue Taylor
Dr Sue TaylorSurgeon

Doctor Sue Taylor is a leading female general surgeon in Perth, with many years experience as a Bariatric Surgeon. She founded Western Surgical Health with Prof Jeff Hamdorf in 2008. MORE

Dr Ruth Blackham
Dr Ruth BlackhamSurgeon

Ruth is a Consultant General Surgeon and Bariatric Surgeon. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia. MORE

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At Western Surgical Health in Perth, we’re here to help you every step of the way. 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