Gallbladder Disease

If you are struggling with painful gallstones or other symptoms of gallbladder problems, the experts at miVIP can provide gallbladder treatment and help improve your quality of life.


What is the gallbladder?

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.


What is gallbladder disease, or cholecystitis?

Sometimes the flow of bile is interrupted or obstructed by small stones that develop. These are gallstones, which can stop your gallbladder from functioning correctly. Gallstones are a type of gallbladder disease, which is also referred to as cholecystitis, and can lead to serious problems in the future if the condition is not treated. To treat gallbladder disease or remove gallstones, many patients opt for a cholecystectomy procedure, otherwise known as gallbladder removal.

Other types of gallbladder disease that require treatment include:

The surgeons at miVIP offer minimally invasive gallstone treatment and gallbladder surgery using robotics and other advanced technologies that allow for a reduced risk of complications and a faster recovery. Call miVIP at (844) 237-5067 for insurance verification and an evaluation with a doctor near you who can provide more gallbladder information and discuss your treatment options.

 

Dr. Iraniha & Dr. Marcus — Disease and Cholecystectomy


How common are gallstones?

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


What are the 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 gallbladder blockage in the cystic duct and cause bile to build up within the gallbladder, causing inflammation
  • Tumors that stop bile from flowing out of the gallbladder
  • Bile duct blockages caused by scarring or knking of the bile ducts

What are they symptoms of gallbladder disease, or cholecystitis?

Gallbladder disease can be serious if not treated quickly and effectively. Patients should be aware of the early warning signs that indicate the gallbladder is inflamed, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Pain that moves from the abdomen to the right shoulder or back
  • 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 go on a fasting diet to relieve pressure on the gallbladder. Doctors will typically give you antibiotics to prevent infection and medication to manage the pain.

Rather than risk hospitalization or a recurring problem, many patients choose a cholecystectomy procedure to remove the gallbladder. Typically, cholecystectomy is done laparoscopically or as a robotic-assisted procedure utilizing advanced technology with a small scope (camera). With minimally invasive technologies such as these, only tiny incisions are needed; though an open cholecystectomy may be necessary in extreme cases.


Looking to the Future

Robotic-assisted cholecystectomy procedures are performed at miVIP Surgery Centers on an outpatient basis. Patients report that after a cholecystectomy procedure at miVIP Surgical Centers, they heal quickly and are free of pain.

Types of Gallbladder Treatment Offered at miVIP:

Our world-class, board-certified surgeons are highly skilled in the most innovative treatments and procedures available. Give us a call today at (844) 237-5067 to discover the benefits miVIP has to offer.

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