People who suffer from gallstones may need to have their gallbladder removed in order to minimize the attacks from the stones. Dr. Elijah Mobley, a general surgeon who works with patients from San Dimas and throughout Los Angeles County, provides different surgical options for patients who need to have their gallbladder removed. It’s important for all patients to understand that their gallbladder is an organ they can live without, so if it is causing issues and excessive gallstones, removal may be the best option for treatment.
Surgery Options for Gallbladder Removal
Open Surgery — Given today’s access to technology and minimally-invasive techniques, most patients will not require open surgery in order to remove their gallbladder. However, this technique can be used by Dr. Mobley in certain circumstances. Open surgery requires the surgeon to make a large incision around the area of the gallbladder before removing the organ. It is known to have a longer recovery time, and can also carry with it a greater risk of post-surgical complications.
Laparoscopic Surgery — Laparoscopic surgery is one of the most common surgical techniques for gallbladder removal. Many patients prefer this style of surgery because it is minimally-invasive and does not carry as many risks. Instead of creating one large incision site, the surgeon will use several smaller incisions in order to insert rigid instruments and a specialized camera that will help the surgeon remove the gallbladder. While these instruments work well for the gallbladder removal procedure, they can be difficult for the surgeon to manage during more complex surgical procedures. Patients should discuss the option of laparoscopy with their doctor and make sure the surgeon is comfortable performing this surgery using this specialized technique.
Da Vinci Surgery — Da Vinci gallbladder removal surgery is perhaps the most minimally-invasive option available. Only one tiny incision at the belly button is required in order to complete this procedure. Dr. Mobley uses the da Vinci robotic assistance platform in order to remove the organ from the patient’s body. Essentially, Dr. Mobley will control the da Vinci system and the robotic assistant mimics the surgeon’s specific and precise hand movements. Specialized surgical instruments are used to provide patients with the best outcome, as well as, the shortest recovery time. There are minimal risks associated with this surgery, and your surgeon is in complete control the entire time.
Many people who suffer from gallstones do not experience any signs or symptoms. However, those that are experiencing symptoms — such as extreme pain in their upper abdomen — should consult with a doctor about their issues. They may be suffering from gallstone complications, and surgery may be the best course of action. If you feel that gallstone removal is the best choice for you, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Mobley. He can evaluate you and provide you with a diagnosis, as well as discuss your various surgical options. His goal is to develop a plan of action that meets your specific needs, allowing you to feel comfortable with the treatment you are receiving.