The gallbladder is a small organ whose function is to store and release bile, which is a digestive fluid secreted by the liver. Bile performs the critical function of breaking down fats so they can be absorbed by the digestive tract. Gallbladder removal surgery is called for when gallstones have formed, blocking the flow of bile and leading to attacks that can cause severe pain and discomfort.
I'm not getting this one done thank gosh .... I would hate to take 4-6 weeks off....
Laparoscopic Gallbladder SurgeryWith the invention of the laparoscopic procedure in 1989, the surgery can now be performed through several small openings, can be completed in one to three hours, and has a much shorter recovery time.
During a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, a tube carrying a video camera is inserted through an incision in the navel. The surgery is then performed under the guidance of this camera. Tiny instruments are used to cut and clip the ducts and arteries attached to the gallbladder and to remove the gallbladder from the body.
The challenge in performing the surgery correctly is for the surgeon to properly identify each duct on the television camera and be sure he or she is cutting and clipping the proper one. Mistakenly cutting, clipping or nicking the common bile duct rather than the cystic duct can lead to dire consequences, as can nicking or cutting adjacent organs.
In a normal procedure, the steps in the process include:
• Administration of general anesthesia to the patient.
Performed properly by a skilled and experienced surgeon, this procedure is safe, effective and