When your gallbladder causes ongoing abdominal pain and indigestion, then you may need gallbladder removal surgery. Board-certified general surgeon Timothy Teslow, MD, is an experienced general surgeon. He and his team use minimally invasive techniques to perform gallbladder removal surgery. To schedule a surgical evaluation, call the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. in Fairbanks, Alaska, today.
The gallbladder is a small organ found in your upper abdomen near your liver. It collects and stores bile, which is a substance that helps digest fat in your small intestine.
Though it is part of your digestive system, you can live without your gallbladder. If you have a gallbladder problem that fails to improve with medical interventions, then you may need gallbladder removal surgery from the experienced surgeons at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C.
Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder problems that may be treated with gallbladder removal surgery. Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder. These stones vary in size and number and may obstruct the flow of bile from your gallbladder, causing the organ to swell, leading to sharp abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.
Gallstones may also block the common bile duct, which is the tube that transports bile from your liver to your small intestine. A blockage in your common bile duct may cause yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice).
You may also need gallbladder removal surgery if your gallbladder isn’t working as it should.
The team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. performs gallbladder removal surgery using minimally invasive techniques. This procedure is known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
During your gallbladder removal surgery, your surgeon makes several small incisions in your abdomen and inserts a laparoscope through one of the incisions. A laparoscope is a thin flexible tube with a light and camera that transmits live video of your gallbladder and abdominal area to a computer screen.
Using the imagery from the computer screen, your surgeon inserts surgical instruments through the other incisions and removes your gallbladder.
After your surgery, your surgeon sends you to the recovery area for monitoring. Most patients go home the same day following laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder removal surgery is a major operation, and you can expect postsurgical pain for a day or two following the procedure. Your surgeon at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. provides activity and diet guidelines for you to follow after the procedure.
You should be able to resume most of your usual activities within a week, including driving, going back to work, and light lifting.
To schedule your gallbladder removal surgery consultation with the experienced team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C., call the office today.