Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder Surgery

The gallbladder’s primary function is to act as a storage for bile.  It is located right under the liver and is attached to the main bile duct.  The liver makes bile and secretes it into the main bile duct. From there, bile can pass directly into the small intestine to aid in absorption of fats, or it can be stored in the gallbladder.  When we eat fatty foods, a signal is sent to our gallbladder to squeeze out extra bile, so that we can absorb the fats from our meal. 

Robotic gallbladder surgery

 removes the gallbladder when other medical treatment options have not proven to be successful.

Diseases of the Gallbladder

Symptomatic Gallstones

Occasionally, cholesterol and bile in the gallbladder can mix together and form gallstones. If a gallstone blocks the opening of the gallbladder to the bile duct when the gallbladder squeezes, it produces pain and nausea.  This is referred to as biliary colic or symptomatic cholelithiasis (gallstones). Symptoms typically occur within 1-2 hours of eating a fatty meal and resolve without intervention, as the stone falls away from the opening and the blockage is removed. However, if the symptoms do not resolve, gallstone or 

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 may be needed.

Acute Cholecystitis

Acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) occurs when the gallstone blocking the opening to the bile duct does not release and the gallbladder remains obstructed.  In this situation, symptoms do not resolve, and most people will find themselves in the emergency room or their doctor’s office, and then the operating room for gallstone or gallbladder surgery.

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Risk Factors for Gallbladder Disease

Classic risk factors for developing gallstones and gallbladder disease include the following:

  • Women
  • 40 years old and older
  • Women who have been pregnant
  • Overweight

Although no specific gene has been identified for developing gallbladder problems, certain populations have been noted to have an increased incidence of gallbladder diseases and may be seen in families.

Signs and Symptoms
  • Abdominal pain after eating, typically located in the middle of the upper abdomen or right side of the upper abdomen
  • Pain may radiate around the side towards the back
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Heartburn or indigestion

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery Ramsey

Laparoscopic or robotic gallbladder surgery is the minimally invasive procedure commonly performed on the gallbladder. These techniques may make up to four small abdominal incisions, thus reducing the patients’ hospital stay.

Robotic Gallbladder surgery lasts approximately one hour. Some patients may go home the same day of surgery, and others may require overnight hospitalization. After gallbladder surgery, patients may resume their normal daily activities with minimal restrictions. A few patients may experience diarrhea after having gallbladder surgery, but most do not. Of those who do, diarrhea typically resolves with time. Most patients feel completely recovered and are back to normal activity by 1-2 weeks after gallbladder surgery.

Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Ramsey, New Jersey

If a patient detects any of the signs and symptoms mentioned, the next step should be seeking medical assistance. The decorated Dr. Anthony Pozzessere, a gallbladder surgeon, welcomes all patients to his clinic in Ramsey, New Jersey.