A general surgeon is trained to perform surgery on a vast range of medical issues affecting numerous areas of the body. They are involved in the diagnostic, preoperative, operative, and postoperative treatment of a patient, allowing for premium care and overall surgical management. According to the American College of Surgeons, “the general surgeon has the knowledge and technical skills to manage conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems.”
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Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) removes the
gallbladder and gallstones through several small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly.
The CPM Advanced Surgical Specialists inserts a lighted scope attached to a video camera (laparoscope) into one incision near the belly button. The surgeon then uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting surgical instruments into the other incisions to remove your gallbladder.
Before the surgeon removes the gallbladder, you may have a special X-ray procedure called intraoperative cholangiography, which shows the anatomy of the bile ducts.
You will need general anesthesia for this surgery, which usually lasts 2 hours or less.
After surgery, bile flows from the liver (where it is made) through the common bile duct and into the small intestine. Because the gallbladder has been removed, the body can no longer store bile between meals. In most people, this has little or no effect on digestion.
You may have gallbladder surgery as an outpatient, or you may stay 1 or 2 days in the hospital.
Most people can return to their normal activities in 7 to 10 days. People who have laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are sore for about a week. But in 2 to 3 weeks they have much less discomfort than people who have open surgery. No special diets or other precautions are needed after surgery.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the best method of treating gallstones that cause symptoms, unless there is a reason that the surgery should not be done.
Laparoscopic surgery is used most commonly when no factors are present that may complicate the surgery.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is safe and effective. Surgery gets rid of gallstones located in the gallbladder. It does not remove stones in the common bile duct. Gallstones can form in the
common bile duct years after the gallbladder is removed, although this is rare.
The overall risk of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is very low. The most serious possible complications include:
More surgery may be needed to repair these complications.
After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain,bloating, gas, and diarrhea (post cholecystectomy syndrome).
Recovery is much faster and less painful after laparoscopic surgery than after open surgery.
The hospital stay after laparoscopic surgery is shorter than after open surgery. People generally go home the same day or the next day, compared with 2 to 4 days or longer for open surgery.
Recovery is faster after laparoscopic surgery.
You will spend less time away from work and other activities after laparoscopic surgery (about 7 to 10 days compared with 4 to 6 weeks).
Complete the surgery information form (PDF) to help you prepare for this surgery.
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