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Gallbladder Surgery

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located right beneath the liver. Despite its small size, the gallbladder plays an important role in digesting food. Unfortunately, it's also vulnerable to gallstones—hardened masses of digestive fluids that can form in the gallbladder and cause intense pain. In these cases, a gallbladder removal procedure might be necessary.

Gallbladder removal surgery, also called cholecystectomy, offers patients the opportunity to alleviate symptoms and improve their overall health. Dr. Deborah Martin, an experienced general surgeon in the Atlanta area, is an expert at performing gallbladder removal procedures with advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. 

Dr. Martin understands the importance of personalized care and works closely with each patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. Her commitment to patient education ensures that individuals are well-informed about their condition and the available treatment options. With a focus on minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Martin's expertise in gallbladder surgery promotes quicker recovery times and reduced postoperative complications.

If you've been suffering from gallstones, contact Dr. Martin's office today for a consultation. Her expertise and compassionate care will help you get back to feeling your best.


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Gallbladder Removal: Symptoms and Treatments

Gallbladder issues can manifest in numerous ways, with some common symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain, particularly in the upper right quadrant
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating and gas
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Dark urine and light-colored stools
  • Fever and chills

If you experience persistent or severe symptoms of gallstones or another gallbladder issue, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Martin will discuss the available treatment options and explain what to expect during the procedure. The two main types of surgical treatments for gallbladder problems are:

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: For most people with gallstones, laparoscopic surgery is the preferred approach. This minimally invasive procedure involves the removal of the gallbladder through several small incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope, equipped with a camera and light source, is inserted through one incision, while specialized instruments are used to remove the gallbladder through the others. This technique offers numerous benefits, such as reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times.
  • Open Cholecystectomy: In some cases, a traditional open surgery may be required to remove the gallbladder. This procedure involves a larger incision in the abdomen, providing direct access to the gallbladder. Open cholecystectomy may be necessary in cases of severe inflammation, extensive scar tissue, or other complications.

Dr. Martin will assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate surgical approach based on your specific needs and medical history. With the right treatment, gallbladder surgery can provide lasting relief from painful symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How would I know if I need to have my gallbladder removed?

In some cases, gallbladder removal surgery may be the best option. Dr. Martin can evaluate your condition and recommend the right treatment plan for you. Gallstones or other gallbladder problems can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, such as abdominal pain, nausea, and indigestion. In some cases, certain medications or dietary changes can be used to manage gallstone symptoms, but these treatments are not always effective and may not be recommended for all patients.

Will I be okay without a gallbladder?

Most patients don’t experience any major issues after their surgery and can live a normal, healthy life without their gallbladder. Though having a gallbladder provides certain digestive benefits, it’s not necessary. Some patients may develop certain gallbladder removal effects after surgery, like gas, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and intolerance for fatty foods, these symptoms are typically resolved with dietary adjustments.

How long does it take to recover from gallbladder removal surgery?

Generally speaking, patients typically take a week to fully recover from a laparoscopic removal. An open cholecystectomy, on the other hand, requires a longer recovery period and may take up to six weeks.

Dr. Martin will provide specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure, and can answer any questions or concerns you may have. By following your doctor's advice and taking the necessary precautions, you should be able to return to your normal activities in no time.

How can I get started with an experienced gallbladder surgeon near me?

Dr. Deborah Martin is an experienced and highly-skilled surgeon who can help you get the relief you need from gallbladder problems. With offices conveniently located in Suwanee and Cumming, Georgia, Dr. Martin is easily accessible to patients in the Atlanta area. Schedule your consultation online today or call to speak with a member of our team.

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