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Gallbladder Surgery Specialist

Advanced Surgical of North Texas

General Surgery located in McKinney, TX

If you have gallstones or a different condition that affects your gallbladder, you may need a cholecystectomy, also known as gallbladder surgery. The team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas performs minimally invasive gallbladder surgery at their facility in McKinney, Texas. If you think you may need gallbladder surgery, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Gallbladder Surgery Q & A

What is gallbladder surgery?

Gallbladder surgery involves removing the gallbladder, which is a pear-shaped organ located just below your liver. The gallbladder’s main job is to collect and store bile, a fluid your liver produces to help with digestion. 

Gallbladder surgery is a common procedure that involves relatively small risk of complications. The expert team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas usually performs gallbladder surgery as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day.

Most of the time, they perform gallbladder surgery using minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy involves removing the gallbladder through three or four small incisions in your abdomen. They may also perform open gallbladder surgery, which uses one large incision. 

Why would I need gallbladder surgery?

Gallstones and the complications they cause are the most common reasons for gallbladder surgery. Gallstones may form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile. 

Possible complications of gallstones include:

  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Bile duct infection (cholangitis)
  • Blood infection (sepsis)

Small gallstones may pass through your digestive system on their own. This may happen without you even noticing. When gallstones cause symptoms, they may include stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. However, a gallstone that doesn’t cause symptoms can still block bile flow and lead to complications. 

What should I expect from gallbladder surgery?

First, the team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to determine whether gallbladder surgery is right for you. They may also do tests, such as an abdominal ultrasound and blood tests. These tests help your surgeon evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of treatment. 

If your gallstones cause symptoms or block your bile duct, gallbladder surgery may be necessary. Your surgeon spends time explaining your specific situation and the details of your procedure so you can feel confident in your decision. 

They use minimally invasive, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery whenever possible. This approach involves smaller incisions, less risk of infection, and a faster, easier recovery for you. 

For the highest-quality care in gallbladder surgery, call Advanced Surgical of North Texas, or book an appointment online today.