2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
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Zephyrhills, Florida 33542
Gallbladder Removal Surgery for Individuals with Gallstone Disease
Gallbladder removal surgery, or cholecystectomy, is a common procedure that can be performed with traditional or minimally invasive techniques. The gallbladder is a small organ that stores bile – a digestive fluid – until it is ready to be released into the intestines. However, the gallbladder itself is not essential. Most healthy individuals are able to live normal lives without the organ. The body will digest food differently after the gallbladder is removed, but the changes are minor and most people do not notice them.
The most common reasons for gallbladder removal include:
- Recurrent gallstones
- Chronic inflammation and abdominal pain
- Infection of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)
- Gallbladder cancer
Before considering surgery, however, most physicians will provide their patients with several non-surgical treatment recommendations, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. (The exception to this is gallbladder cancer, in which case surgery is usually the preferred mode of treatment). However, gallstones – the most common condition that leads to gallbladder removal – tend to come back and produce symptoms of increasing severity, and surgical removal may ultimately be the most effective treatment.
At Florida Medical Clinic, we’re committed to helping each patient find the proper treatment plan for his or her unique needs. We understand that in some cases, surgery is unavoidable and may be necessary to restore a person’s quality of life. Our patients can turn to us with confidence, knowing that our surgeons have performed numerous gallbladder removal procedures with exceptional results. We specialize in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) gallbladder surgery, as well as more traditional approaches to cholecystectomy. Each patient’s surgical treatment plan is fully customized to his or her diagnosis.
To learn more about gallbladder removal surgery at Florida Medical Clinic, and to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, contact Florida Medical Clinic today.