Types of Gallbladder Surgery

If you have a diseased or infected gallbladder, it may require surgery to treat the condition. Gallbladder disease is a serious and life threatening condition but you can live without the gallbladder so removal is often needed. So how is gallbladder removal done?There are two basic ways of removing the gallbladder that are commonly used today. Each will require general anesthesia if you undergo surgery. The more traditional method is through an open incision. With this technique, an incision is made in the abdomen and the organ is removed through the opening. This technique of removal will leave a scar and typically requires a longer recovery time.

The other type used today is laparoscopic surgery and it is becoming more common. It is preferred by people who need their gallbladder removed because the surgery is done through a small video tube that passes through the abdominal area through a very small incision. The surgeon can then perform the procedure by watching the video monitor.If you have gallbladder surgery, your recovery time will depend on the type you have. It also depends on you and your health, your tolerance to the surgery and how the procedure is performed. Some people experience few changes at all after their operation and others will need a period of recovery. Some people will have the same symptoms they had before their gallbladder was removed. This is referred to as “after gallbladder surgery syndrome” and will fade in time.

You can avoid all of this by taking good care of your gallbladder in the first place. One way to do this is eating the right foods. It’s important to eat fruits, vegetables and a variety of rice, grains and beans. The more fatty foods you eat, the more damage you could be doing to your gallbladder.

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