Gallstones, or small deposits of bile or other chemicals, can lead to uncomfortable medical conditions such as pain, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
Gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is a common surgery that is often performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery is a less invasive surgical option that has a shorter downtime and recovery period than traditional open surgery. Learn more about laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, and contact Cedar Park Surgeons, serving Austin and all surrounding areas, to schedule a consultation.
About the Gallbladder
The gallbladder is a small organ located below the liver, and its function is to store bile to aid in the digestive process. Sometimes bile and other chemicals in the gallbladder can build up and form small deposits, or “stones,” that cause pain, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. Or the deposits can travel into the bile ducts, prompting even more serious health problems.
To treat this condition requires surgical removal of the gallstones and gallbladder. Gallbladder surgery is also necessary to treat cancer of the gallbladder. In the past, gallbladder surgery was an extremely invasive procedure, requiring several days in the hospital followed by weeks of slow recovery.