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Robotic Gallbladder Surgery

Robotic Gallbladder Surgery Longview TX

When medicine and dietary changes do not help with symptoms related to the gallbladder, robotic or laparscopic gallbladder surgery may be recommended. The gallbladder is an organ that you can live without. If your doctor recommends surgery to treat gallbladder disease, you may be a candidate for a safe, effective, and minimally invasive procedure. Using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci System enables Dr. McDermott to perform this delicate operation with breakthrough precision, superior vision, and dexterity. Talk with Dr. McDermott about the option of gallbladder removal through one incision.

DaVinci Robotic Cholecystectomy

da Vinci Cholecystectomy is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. It is a state-of-the-art surgical platform that provides surgeons with 3D, high definition vision of your anatomy and its patented instruments provides a range of motion far beyond the abilities of the human hand. By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world. Surgical options can include the single site cholecystectomy.

Common Gallbladder Symptoms

Specific symptoms may vary according to what type of gallbladder condition you have, although many symptoms are common among the different types of gallbladder problems. Gallbladder disease can occur with gallstones or without.

Gallbladder symptoms usually starts with pain in the upper abdominal area, either in the upper right or middle following meals but can occur at any time.

Below are other common symptoms of gallbladder conditions:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Pain that may extend beneath the right shoulder blade or to the back
  • Pain that worsens after eating a heavy meal, particularly fatty or greasy foods
  • Pain that feels dull, sharp, or crampy
  • Pain that increases when you breathe in deeply
  • Heartburn, indigestion, and excessive gas
  • Chest pain
  • A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Vomiting, nausea, fever
  • Shaking with chills if the gallbladder is infected
  • Tenderness in the abdomen, particularly the right upper quadrant
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) can be a late stage of gallstone disease
  • Stools of an unusual color (often lighter, like clay) and dark urine, or both
  • Some gallbladder problems, like simple gallstones that are not blocking the cystic duct, often cause no symptoms at all.

Gallstones are often discovered during an X-ray, Ultrasound, or CT scan that’s performed to diagnose a different condition, or even during an abdominal surgery.

Gallbladder symptoms that occur without the presence of gallstones can be diagnosed with a HIDA (high da) scan.

Risk Factors For Gallbladder Disease

Women are far more likely to develop gallstones than men, and this is mostly because of the effect of female hormones.

Here are some other factors that raise the risk of gallbladder disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance (also a qualifying condition for weight loss surgery)
  • Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid gland). This condition usually causes elevated cholesterol, a reduced metabolic rate and slowed digestion. People with an under active thyroid are also more likely to suffer with sluggish bile flow and delayed emptying of the gallbladder.
  • Food intolerance or food sensitivities. This is a very common yet under-recognised cause of gallbladder disease. Food sensitivities impair healthy digestion and can reduce the ability of the gallbladder to contract and empty fully. Stasis of bile within the gallbladder promotes the formation of sludge and the eventual formation of gallstones.
  • Low stomach acid. This goes hand in hand with indigestion and food intolerance. Many people spend much of their lives taking antacid medication that reduces stomach acid.
  • Gluten intolerance/celiac disease. There is a strong association between this condition and gallbladder disease.
    Having a family history of gallbladder disease.
  • Rapid weight loss. If you lose weight extremely quickly, where does the fat go? Your hard working liver will break it down because it is the main fat burning organ in your body. Then the fat will be secreted into your gallbladder as a component of bile. Bile can then become super saturated with fat and raise the risk of stones forming. Alternatively stones that were already in your gallbladder can grow bigger.
  • Very low fat diets. Every time you eat fat, hormone signals are sent to your gallbladder prompting it to contract and empty its contents into your small intestine. If you don’t eat enough fat, old bile will stay inside your gallbladder too long and that raises the risk of stones. It is important to eat adequate healthy, unprocessed fat in order to keep your bile moving and keep your gallbladder clean.
  • People with high cholesterol and high triglycerides in their blood are at increased risk of gallstones.
  • Cholesterol lowering drugs raise the risk of gallstones
  • Fatty liver.
  • Binge eating or eating excessively large meals. Eating more food than your digestive organs can handle is a risk factor for developing gallstones and a major risk factor for getting a gallbladder attack and emergency trip to the hospital if you already have gallstones.

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“Weight loss surgery was a fantastic kick-starter to my lifestyle change. From 300+ lbs. to 180 lbs., the sleeve helped me renew my energy, productivity, and dedication to healthy habits like eating well and working out. I ran my first (ever) 5k in under a year post-op and have never felt better! “

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