Gallbladder attacks can cause sharp, debilitating pain on the right side of your abdomen, making it nearly impossible to get comfortable or rest at night. When your gallbladder fails to work correctly or contains gallstones, polyps, or growths, it may require surgical removal known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. At Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics, Dr. Donald Balder performs cholecystectomy surgeries laparoscopically to provide less discomfort and a faster recovery period. If you are experiencing extreme pain in the right side of your abdomen and want to discuss the benefits of laparoscopic gallbladder removal in Gulfport, MS, contact us today to request a consultation.
During a laparoscopic gallbladder removal, incisions will be made in the abdomen to allow for the insertion of the necessary instrumentation. Carbon dioxide will be pumped into the abdominal cavity to inflate the abdomen to allow for increased visualization. Dr. Balder will insert a camera through the belly button to display the treatment area. Surgical instruments will then be inserted into the other ports to clamp and remove the gallbladder. The excess carbon dioxide will be removed from the abdominal cavity, and the incisions will be closed. The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour.
Most gallbladder removal surgeries are outpatient procedures - so, you will typically be allowed to return home a few hours after the procedure is completed. Typically, recovery from a laparoscopic gallbladder removal takes about 1-2 weeks; however, specific recovery details will be given to you prior to your discharge.