Dallas-Fort Worth – Gallbladder Surgery
The gallbladder is not a biologically essential organ, and gallbladder removal is the best answer for a variety of medical conditions, including recurrent or serious gallstones and gallbladder cancer. AtMinimally Invasive Bariatrics, in addition to providing advanced laparoscopic weight loss surgery andPost-bariatric care to the Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth communities, we perform gallbladder surgery laparoscopically to minimize the discomfort, side effects, and recovery times experienced by our patients.
About Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder surgery is an effective, permanent solution to gallstones and other gallbladder-related conditions. Traditional (non-laparoscopic) gallbladder removal is typically accomplished through a long incision running from just beneath the ribs all the way to below the waist. This sort of gallbladder removal requires the surgeon to cut through the abdominal muscles, and most patients who undergo this procedure must recover in the hospital for several days.
At our practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, gallbladder surgery is exclusively a minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, procedure. Instead of a long incision, Dr. Glenn Ihde is able to perform surgery through several very small incisions. Through these openings he inserts a specialized camera and other surgical tools that make laparoscopic gallbladder surgery possible.
This approach offers important advantages over the traditional procedure. The abdominal muscles need not be cut, making the procedure significantly less invasive, serious complications less common, and the recovery period shorter. Small incisions lead to less scarring. Gallbladder surgery is an outpatient surgery and patients go home the same day as surgery.
Candidates for Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder surgery is indicated for a variety of conditions. It may be appropriate for patients who have experienced any of the following problems:
- A severe gallstone attack or series of less severe attacks
- Residual gallstones after other treatments
- Pain or inflammation of the gallbladder or pancreas
- Gallbladder cancer or conditions contributing to elevated risk of gallbladder cancer (such as porcelain gallbladder)
- Impaired gallbladder function
Certain individuals should not have laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and will need to undergo the open procedure instead. Patients may need to have conventional gallbladder surgery if they have previously had gallbladder surgery, have blood-clotting problems, or have any problem that makes it difficult to see the gallbladder during minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Glenn Ihde and his staff at Minimally Invasive Bariatrics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area work with gallbladder surgery candidates to determine which approach best fits their needs.