Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

Sometimes, the gallbladder is no longer working properly, which can cause severe stomach pain. To relieve the pain, patients need to have the gallbladder removed. The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ under the liver. It stores bile which aids in digesting fatty foods. The amount of bile and other liquid chemicals inside the gallbladder can be out of balance. When this happens, some of the chemicals become solid and form a kind of sediment called gallstones (stones).

1) If the stones stay in the gallbladder, they might irritate the gallbladder's wall or be "silent" and cause no symptoms.
2) In the cystic duct, gallstones may block the duct and cause upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and back pain. The gallbladder can become infected.
3) In the common bile duct, if a stone is stuck or has trouble passing through, it can cause pain and conditions like jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas).

Laparoscopic surgery usually lasts approximately 1 hour. Patient can likely go home on the day of the surgery. The surgery is performed through several small incisions. The laparoscope is inserted through one incision. One end of the scope shines light inside the body. The other is attached to a a tiny camera. The camera lets your doctor view your gallbladder. The surgeon inserts special instruments through other small incisions. Then the gallbladder is removed through a small incision in your navel.

  A. General Surgery
    1. Laparoscopic Surgery
      a. Exploratory
      b. Appendix
      c. Hernia
      d. Gallbladder
      e. Colon
      f. Hiatal Hernia
    2. Conventional Surgeries
      a. Hernia Repair
      b. Colon
      c. Stomach
      d. Appendix
      e. Thyroid
      f. Soft Tissue Masses and Skin Lesions

  B. Vascular Surgery
    1. Repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
    2. Bypass surgery of extremities
    3. Carotid endarterectomy (CEA)
    4. Creation of arterio-venous fistulas
    5. Placement of central lines

  C. Varicose Vein Treatment
    1. TIPPS (Trans-Illuminated Powered Phlebectomy)
    2. SEPS (Subfascial Endoscopic Perforator Surgery)
    3. Deep venous thrombosis

  D. Breast Disease Management
    1. Evaluation of breast lumps (solid or cystic)
    2. Cyst aspirations
    3. Fine-needle aspiration of solid breast lump
    4. Stereotactic breast biopsy
    5. Sentinel lymph node biopsy
    6. Conventional biopsy
    7. Lumpectomy
    8. Mastectomy

  E. Gastric Bypass (Bariatric Surgery)

  F. Wound Management and Treatment

  G. Thoracic surgery
    1. Chest tube placement
    2. Removal and biopsy of nodules in lung and mediastinum
    3. Lobectomy

  H. Vascular Laboratory

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