Gallbladder Removal

GENERAL SURGERY – Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver which stores bile. Changes in chemical compounds in the bile cause crystals to form in the gallbladder, which can cause gall stones to form over time. These stones can cause infections in the gallbladder and they can also enter the bile ducts, causing bile blockage and jaundice. Possible symptoms of gallbladder disorder include abdominal pain that extends to the back and shoulder, indigestion, swelling, nausea and vomiting. The disorder can be diagnosed with an abdominal sonogram. Sometimes special tests such as tomography or MRCP may be required. Treatment for gallbladder disorders consists of complete removal the nonfunctional gallbladder using laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is considered to be the definitive method for gallbladder surgery today.

Duration of stay in hospital: 1 day
Length of operation: 60-90 min.

Time of stay in Istanbul: 3 days
Lab work requested from the patient: Liver enzymes (AST, ALT, ALP, GGT, Total bilirubin, Direct bilirubin), upper abdominal sonogram