About Gallbladder Disease

miVIP Can Help Increase Your Quality of Life

The gallbladder is a small organ that sits directly under the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder collects and stores bile, a fluid that is used in digestion. Bile is produced in the liver, stored in the gallbladder and then released into the small intestine for digestive purposes. If you develop a condition known as gallstones, the flow of bile is interrupted by small stones that stop your gallbladder from functioning correctly.

Gallbladder disease is also referred to as cholecystitis, and can lead to serious problems in the future if the condition is not treated. Many patients opt for a cholecystectomy procedure, otherwise known as gallbladder removal, and the surgeons here at miVIP are happy to offer this procedure to our patients with a smooth recovery and little chance of complications.

Prevalence of Gallstones

Gallstones affect between 10 and 20% of the total population of the United States, and close to 20% of men have had problems with gallstones by the time they reach 75. Because gallstones don’t always manifest in painful or uncomfortable symptoms, many are unaware that they have a problem until surgery is necessary.

Causes of Gallbladder Disease

Cholecystitis by definition is inflammation of the gallbladder, and is likely caused by one of three things:

  • Gallstones that form a blockage in the cystic duct and cause bile to build up within the gallbladder, causing inflammation.
  • Tumors that stop bile from leaving the gallbladder.
  • Bile duct blockages, caused by scarring or kinking of the bile ducts.

Symptoms of Cholecystitis

Gallbladder disease can be serious if not treated correctly and quickly, and patients should be aware of the warning signs that the gallbladder is inflamed.

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pain that moves from the abdomen to your right back or shoulder
  • Abdomen that is tender to the touch
  • Steady, severe pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen

Treating Gallbladder Disease

Left unchecked, cholecystitis can land you in the hospital for several days. During your stay, doctors may require you to fast to relieve pressure on the gallbladder, give you antibiotics to avoid infection and give you medication for the pain.

Rather than risking a recurring problem, many patients chose a cholecystectomy procedure to remove the gallbladder. Typically, cholecystectomy is done laparoscopically with a small camera and several tiny incisions; although an open cholecystectomy may be necessary in extreme cases.

Looking to the Future

After a cholecystectomy procedure from miVIP Surgical Centers, the future is bright and free of pain. Our surgeons are world class and highly educated on the most innovative treatments and procedures. Give us a call today at 855-496-4847 to discover the benefits miVIP has to offer.