Posted on : 15/02/2022 Views : 672
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Surgery- A solution for gallstones
Are you feeling a sudden pain in your belly just below your breast bone for a few days? And you don't feel like eating anything, not even your favourite food? Then do not neglect these symptoms and visit your doctor immediately. You might be suffering from gallbladder issues and if it’s left untreated, soon it will impact your health.
The most common reason that can affect your gallbladder is gallstone. These can range in size from a grain of rice to a golf ball. Generally, gallstones don’t go away on their own. Your doctor may decide to remove your gallbladder if it begins to pain or causes other symptoms. This surgical procedure is known as Cholecystectomy or gall bladder removal surgery. Almost 80% of the people who have gallstones, require surgery.
If you want to know more about the procedure before getting one, you can go through this blog. Here we will discuss with our panel of experts practicing gallbladder stone surgery in Bangalore about the same.
Is surgery the only option for treating gallstones?
Although medicines have the potential to be helpful, they have not been scientifically proven yet. If gallstones are causing difficulties in your gallbladder, your doctor may advise surgery. If your gallstones don't cause any symptoms, you may not need treatment depending on your overall health.
What are the types of surgeries available for gallstone removal?
As per the gastroenterologists practicing in the best hospital in Bangalore, your doctor can remove the gallbladder in two ways-
- Open surgery - Your surgeon will remove your gallbladder through a 5- to 7-inch incision (cut) on your belly during this treatment. If you have serious gallbladder disease, are extremely overweight, or are in your third trimester of pregnancy, you may require open surgery for this. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
- Laparoscopic surgery - this is also known as ‘laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery’ or keyhole surgery.
- Instead of a large cut, your surgeon will make a few small cuts on your belly. These small cuts are known as ports.
- They insert an extremely thin, flexible tube into your belly that includes a light and a tiny video camera through one of these ports.
- carbon-di-oxide gas is pumped through one port(above the navel) to inflate the abdomen, so that its contents can be seen easily.
- This aids your surgeon's view of your gallbladder. The diseased gallbladder will then be removed using specific tools inserted into the body.
This procedure is also performed under general anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain during the surgery.
What surgery is best for you?
As suggested by our experts specializing in laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery, this is a conservative approach to traditional open surgery. It is beneficial for most of the patient's as-
- There are fewer chances of developing an infection, less bleeding
- Less scar tissue
- Smaller incision(cut)
- Less pain during healing
- Reduced hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- The patient can get back to work within a few days after surgery, hence this also provides an economical option.
Recovery after the procedure-
The time it takes you to recover is determined based on the type of surgery you have. You'll need to stay in the hospital for a few days if your gallbladder is removed during open surgery. It could take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks for complete recovery of your body. As laparoscopy is less invasive than open surgery, you will experience less discomfort and heal faster. The majority of those who have it can leave the hospital the same day. Within two weeks, you should be back to your normal schedule.
FAQ- all your queries addressed-
How much time will it take for laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery?
It will take around 1-2 hours based on the patient’s condition and overall health status during the surgery.
What can I eat after the surgery?
Try to avoid having
- Fatty food
- Fried foods
- Fatty sauces and spicy gravies at least for a week after the surgery.
Apart from this, there are no such restrictions on food. However, our experts suggest you have frequent meals in small quantities.
Should I be worried about the function of my digestive system after the surgery?
You can live without a gallbladder. Your digestive system can continue to function after the laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery. Bile is still produced by your liver to digest food. Bile drips directly into your digestive system rather than remaining in your gallbladder. After gallbladder surgery, most patients may return to their regular diet.
How long will it take to have a normal bowel movement?
It will take 3-4 days after the surgery for a normal bowel function.
Conclusion- if you want a second opinion on your gallbladder issues, you can contact us to get yourself checked by our doctors practicing in the best hospital in Bangalore.