Cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder, a pear-shaped hollow organ that lies beneath the liver, which collects and stores the digestive fluid called bile. A cholecystectomy may become necessary when accumulated gallstones block the flow of bile, and the person experiences pain and other symptoms. It is one of the most common surgeries performed at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery (DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery) under the guidance of Dr. Sachin Kukreja. The procedure entails minimum risks, and is performed Robotically, meaning patients can go home the same day.
Open vs Robotic Cholecystectomy
In open cholecystectomy, surgeons make a 5-7 inch incision into the upper right side of the abdomen below the ribs. After that, the surrounding tissues and muscles are pulled back to expose gallbladder. Surgeons then remove the gallbladder after which the incision site is sutured. An open cholecystectomy takes 1-2 hours. Open cholecystectomy is becoming less and less common compared to robotic or laparoscopic cholecystectomy because of the latter’s greater efficiency, decreased pain, and faster recovery.
During a robotic laparoscopic cholecystectomy, surgeons make 3-4 small incisions. A tube with a miniature video camera is then inserted into the abdomen through one of the incisions. The surgeons are able to watch the video on the monitor as they operate on the patient with surgical tools to remove the gallbladder. Utilization of the robot may decrease the risk of bile duct injury as advanced laser technology helps to show the anatomy in a way not seen with traditional laparoscopy. After removal of the gallbladder, the incisions are sutured, and the patient is taken to the recovery room. Given the obvious advantages, most patients opt for robotic cholecystectomy when it comes to gallbladder removal.
In most cases, patients are able to go home the same day. Robotic cholecystectomy allows for a faster recovery, which is about a week. Our surgeons explain everything thoroughly to the patients including the need for fasting and discontinuation of certain medications ahead of obtaining a medical consent. We also ensure all mandatory preoperative tests are carried out well before the scheduled date of the procedure.
Laparoscopic/Robotic cholecystectomy brings long-term relief to discomfort and pain that individuals with gallstones often experience. It is the only proven way to prevent recurring gallstones since conservative treatments are usually not effective. Cholecystectomy does not affect the digestive system because the role of gallbladder in digestion is insignificant. Some people may experience loose stool from time to time following the procedure, but it generally resolves over time. How fast a person returns to normal daily activities after a cholecystectomy depends on the type of procedure (open vs robotic) they underwent and their health status.
The placement of Orbera Gastric Balloon into the stomach is a simple, non-surgical outpatient procedure. First, a diagnostic test is done to make sure it is safe to perform the procedure. Then the deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. Once it is in position, the balloon is inflated with saline and a dye, to maintain the required size. The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete. The balloon is temporarily left in the stomach for about 6 months.
After the procedure, you may experience some cramps and nausea, as your stomach adjusts. Your throat may feel a little sore. You’ll follow a liquid or soft diet for a few weeks and followed by 6 months of a supervised diet plan. Our team will continue working closely with you during these 6 months.
As with any other procedure, Gastric balloon procedure involves certain risks and complications:
- Esophageal, gastric ulcers or perforation.
- Deflation of the balloon which can lead to blockage.
- Rupture of balloon dye (if used), which will be released in the urine.
Risks & Complications
Although gallbladder removal is a safe procedure, like any surgical procedure, it involves a few risks and complications. They include injury to the bile duct, bleeding, infection, leakage of bile fluid, and bowel damage, but they are infrequent. To learn more about possible risks and complications, speak with the experts at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery.
Need Gallbladder Removal Surgery in Dallas? Contact Us!
If you are experiencing any type of gallbladder problem, Dr. Sachin Kukreja, Elizabeth Hooper and the DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery team can help. We offer the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat gallstones. You can benefit from the specialized knowledge, competency, and professionalism of our surgical staff. If you are considering undergoing cholecystectomy in Dallas, and need inquiries to schedule an appointment, simply call 469-620-0222. You can also fill out our online appointment form and we will take it from there.