A healthy, functioning gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver and delivers it through the cystic and bile ducts to the first part of the small intestine (called the duodenum) to aid in the digestion of fat. An unhealthy gallbladder may develop gallstones which can obstruct the bile duct, infect or inflame the gallbladder or block the biliary duct. How will you know if you’ve developed gallstones? You’ll experience symptoms such as indigestion, infection, nausea and vomiting or pain after eating (usually in the upper right or upper middle area of the stomach). The treatment for gallbladder disease and gallstones is the removal of the gallbladder (called a cholecystectomy).

If you have been diagnosed with gallstones and are exploring gallbladder surgery, turn to board-certified general surgeon Tom Umbach of Blossom Bariatrics. Dr. Umbach, who also performs Gastric Sleeve surgery in Las Vegas, can safely remove your gallbladder (in either an open or laparoscopic surgery), relieving you of uncomfortable symptoms.

How is Gallbladder Surgery Performed?

Gallbladder surgery is performed either laparoscopically or through the traditional open method. In open gallbladder surgery, Dr. Umbach makes an incision in the upper right portion of the belly, below the ribcage, and removes the gallbladder. He may use a special type of X-ray called a cholangiogram, in which colored dye is inserted into the bile duct to provide a roadmap to the gallbladder area, and identify any gallstones that are outside of your gallbladder.

Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is more common than the traditional approach. Dr. Umbach inserts a small, lighted camera into the abdominal cavity to guide him as he removes the gallbladder. Laparoscopic surgery involves smaller incisions and therefore is associated with a quicker surgical recovery.

Laparoscopic surgery is not appropriate for every client. There are certain medical conditions that may prevent a client from qualifying for laparoscopic surgery. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Umbach to discuss your surgical options.

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If you are looking for a board-certified surgeon with experience performing gallbladder surgery, please contact Dr. Tom Umbach today by calling (702) 463-3300.

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