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What is gallbladder surgery?
Gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy is performed when other treatments don’t relieve the inflammation, pain from gallstones and other issues. It may be performed traditionally or laparoscopically. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During laparoscopic surgery, four tiny incisions are made, and cameras are used to guide the surgical removal of the organ. Patients undergoing this specific procedure are those that have gallstones, pancreatic inflammation or gallbladder inflammation. Gallbladder removal is a common as well as safe procedure, although there may be some possible risks or side effects.
Causes and Symptoms
Gallbladder issues are diagnosed using various tests. These can include:
Ultrasound: It is the most common diagnostic test for gallbladder problems. While this is an effective test for diagnosing gallstones, it may not always clearly detect cholecystitis.
X-rays: An abdominal X-ray can show gas as well as some types of gallstones. Certain X-ray types may require that the patient consume a dye or have dye injected in their body to allow X-ray to capture a clearer image of the gallbladder.
Computed tomography (CT) scan: It uses a computer and X-rays to detect gallbladder issues, but this is not the most effective test for diagnosing gallstones. CT scans may help detect ruptures and infections in the gallbladder and its bile ducts.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This test can help find stones in the bile ducts. MRC uses MRI imaging technique and a dye that is put into the bile duct. This test helps diagnose biliary tract cancer, but might not be able to detect tiny stones and persistent infections.
Cholescintigraphy: In this test, a small quantity of radioactive dye is used. A scanning device is used to trace the dye as it goes into the gallbladder. This method can detect a blocked duct as well as acute inflammation, but it cannot diagnose chronic gallbladder inflammation and gallstones.
Risk & Complications
Bile duct injury: In certain cases, the main bile duct might be injured while removing the gallbladder. During surgery, bile ducts could be cut or pinched. This may cause the leakage of bile in the abdomen or can lead to blockage of bile flow from the liver.
Injury to nearby structures: In some rare cases, the surgery may damage nearby blood vessels, the liver, or the intestines. These issues might be detected and treated right away, but if they are found later, another surgery may be needed.
Pain: Some people can experience pain in the area after the surgery.
Blood clots: Individuals with some risk factors such as prolonged immobilization, prior clots, or cancer are found to be at higher risk for developing a blood clot following surgery.
Infection: After surgery, people may develop an infection inside the body or at the incision site.
Bleeding: In some rare cases, bleeding may occur exteally or inteally after surgery. If it happens, you might need further surgery to stop the bleeding.
Preparation of Treatment
You should not eat anything the night before the surgery. You can drink a sip of water to take your medicines, but you need to avoid eating as well drinking for around four hours before your surgery.
You should stop taking some medicines and supplements. Inform the doctor about the medications and supplements that you are currently taking. You can continue taking most medications as prescribed. Plan ahead if you require to stay in the hospital by bringing your personal items such as comfortable clothing. Take bath the night before the surgery or the moing of your procedure. Avoid shaving the abdominal area before surgery.
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There are two options for Gallbladder surgery;
Laparoscopic method (Cholecystectomy): This method uses 3-4 small incisions. In this approach, a long, thin tube called laparoscope is used. The tube is aached to a tiny video camera and surgical instruments. The camera, tube and tools are put in through the small incisions. The doctor performs the surgery by looking at a TV monitor. The organ is removed through one of those incisions.
Open method: In this technique, a cut of around 4- 6 inches long is made in the upper right side of the abdomen. The surgeon accesses the gallbladder and then takes the organ out through the incision.
Cost of the treatment
Cost of gallbladder surgery
The cost of gallbladder surgery in India is very low compared to other countries across the world. Depending on the city and the type of hospital, the cost of gallbladder surgery in India can range from $532 to $3,000. The gallbladder surgery cost in India is low due to various reasons such as skilled surgeons, high-tech infrastructure, advanced medical equipment, affordable cost of medical services, etc.
Recovery after gallbladder surgery
It doesn’t usually take long to recover from surgery to remove the gallbladder. Most patients will be able to leave hospital the same day or the next moing. You will usually retu to most of your normal activities in two weeks. It may take longer to recover from open surgery. The patient might need to stay in hospital for around 2 to 3 days and it can be 4-6 weeks before they are feeling back to normal.
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