Nearly 600,000 Cholecystectomies are performed each year in the US.

What is a Cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy is a fancy name for the surgery to remove the gallbladder, a small sac-like organ in your abdomen. The gallbladder’s primary function is to store bile from the liver, ridding the liver of waste and helping to absorb fats in digestion. The gallbladder removal, is a common, minimally invasive, often laparoscopic surgery that has a high recovery success.

What does a Cholecystectomy require?

During this laparoscopic procedure, two small incisions are made on the abdomen up to a half-inch in size. Dr. Perez Soto inserts a camera and instruments into the cavities to see inside the body without needing to make a large incision. The camera helps Dr. Perez-Soto navigate to find the perfect view of the gallbladder, which is projected onto a screen, for the ideal positioning of her surgical instruments. This minimally invasive method allows for high surgical accuracy, less risk of the patient getting an infection, less postoperative pain, because the small incisions impose minimal internal scarring, and a quick recovery time. Historically, Gulf View General Surgery’s cholecystectomy patients return to normal activities in a matter of days.

When the gallbladder fails to store bile it gets inflamed or infected and causes great pain. Gallbladder inflammation is most often the result of gallstones which block the cystic duct. This results in a buildup of bile in the gallbladder causing painful damage to the organ wall.

What is a Gallstone?

Gallstones are a common reason that the gallbladder fails to collect or store bile because they block the necessary flow. Gallstones are formed from excess cholesterol that ranges in size from a small grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. They can be very painful.

Why is a Cholecystectomy necessary?

The indications for a Cholecystectomy are typically related to inflammation or irritation of the gallbladder, cancer, or pancreatitis.

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