WHAT IS THE GALLBLADDER?
The gallbladder is an important organ, it is part of the digestive system. It stores the bile that the body uses to break down the food you eat. Bile itself is not produced by the gallbladder, it is produced by the liver and then sent to the gallbladder, to be set aside until needed for digestion. Due to complications, it is sometimes necessary to undergo gallbladder surgery NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions specializes in.
Sometimes, the digestive fluids in the gallbladder harden and become like stones. These are called gallstones and they are extremely painful for the person who has them. Obstruction of the bile flow by gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts causes abdominal pain, and nausea following meals and can lead to severe infections and inflammation. A successful method of treatment for this condition is to undergo gallbladder surgery.
If you are suffering from symptoms associated with a dysfunctional gallbladder, it may need to be removed. Typically, the gallbladder surgery NJ provides can be either the removal of the gallstones from the gallbladder or in more severe cases, the removal of the gallbladder itself, medically known as a cholecystectomy. This laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder involves making four small incisions in the abdomen and then operating on or removing the gallbladder as the case may be.
FULL REMOVAL OF THE GALLBLADDER
If your primary care physician recommends having your gallbladder removed, you will need a specialist to perform this surgery. Dr. Val Prokurat is a board certified, highly trained compassionate surgeon with many years of experience, and thousands of operations under his belt. As a proven specialist, with high ratings from patients on sites such as Healthgrades, he is a tried and true professional in performing minimally invasive laparoscopic cholecystectomies, gallbladder surgery.
Even though the gallbladder is a non-vital organ, you will have to modify your diet and change your lifestyle and work patterns until you heal completely. Patients are usually able to return home within one day following surgery and experience minimal postoperative pain.
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HOW IS GALLBLADDER SURGERY PERFORMED?
Prior to surgery, we want our patients to have a comprehensive understanding of the reasons for surgery, what the operation involves, and how recovery is expected to proceed.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is done using a laparoscope, or a small “telescope” attached to a camera. It allows Dr. Prokurat to get a close up view of your gallbladder using only small incisions.
During surgery you will be given general anesthesia to keep you free of pain. A small incision is made near your belly button. Harmless gas is then placed into your abdomen through this incision, creating a space so the operation can be performed. The laparoscope is then inserted through the same incision. The tiny camera projects onto a video monitor allowing Dr. Prokurat to see the gallbladder. Small instruments for gallbladder surgery are then inserted through other small incisions in your abdomen.
SPECIFICS OF SURGERY
Dr. Prokurat will find the gallbladder and may perform a cholangiogram. This is a special type of X-ray that is taken of your bile duct to reveal stones that may already have passed into the duct. Stones may be removed at the same time.
During surgery, the gallbladder is removed from its attachments by Dr. Prokurat using small instruments and brought out through one of the incisions. Once your surgery is complete, the gas will be released from your abdomen. You may have sutures in your skin that will need to be removed in our office. Dressings or bandages will be placed over your incisions, and may be replaced at any time as needed. Dressings may also be removed before showering if you wish, and then replaced. The operation usually takes up to an hour and most patients normally go home the day of surgery, if their health permits.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Patient safety and comfort are two things we take very seriously at our medical center. Dr. Val Prokurat, head surgeon at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions, is a specialist in gallbladder surgery in NJ as well as gallbladder disease. Dr. Prokurat performs laparoscopic surgery on a routine basis, in both emergency and elective situations. This has allowed him to design treatment plans for a wide range of medical cases, making the treatment he offers, extremely personalized, very safe, and effective in treating your gallbladder condition.
If you have had a gallbladder attack or experience other severe symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove your gallbladder. Thankfully it is an organ you can live without and removing it won’t create any problems for your body.
Gallbladder removal surgery is known as a cholecystectomy.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY SURGERY?
When a patient is discharged, painkillers are usually prescribed. You will need to return to our office for a postoperative visit 1-2 weeks after your surgery.
Be sure to follow the diet the doctor prescribes you, as it will enable faster healing.
GALLBLADDER SURGERY: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
- Using the conventional technique
Gallbladder surgery can be done using open surgery by making one large incision on your body. This often exposes the patient to more stress. It may also make your organs vulnerable to infection and injuries.
- Using the Single-Site™ da Vinci® Surgery System
The surgery can also be performed using da Vinci technology, removing your gallbladder through one small incision (cut) in your belly button using Single-Site* technology, or through a few small incisions.
Dr. Prokurat prefers the latter method because it is:
- Safer and heals faster
- Offers better results
- Ensures no infection
- Gives greater surgical control during surgery
- Produces more aesthetic results
WHEN IS SINGLE-SITE TECHNOLOGY USED?
The da Vinci® Surgery with Single-Site™ Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.
If you would like more information about gallstone removal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prokurat today. You can also fill out the form provided and one of our office staff will get back to you shortly.