For patients with painful or serious conditions affecting the gallbladder, doctors may recommend a cholecystectomy. Surgical gallbladder removal eliminates symptoms of pain, nausea, and stops the spread of disease. The gallbladder stores bile that is used for digestion, but the organ can be removed without affecting the patient’s quality of life.
Once gallbladder disease is suspected, at Florida Hospital, we have the latest ultrasound and CT technology to make the diagnosis rapidly. In addition, we also offer Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography to assess the bile ducts. In collaboration with our GI colleagues, we also have ERCP facilities that can help remove tiny stones from the bile duct.
Traditionally, surgeons perform cholecystectomy by making a large incision in the abdomen to remove the organ.
Florida Hospital offers selected patients a less invasive treatment option. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy requires smaller incisions and specialized tools to remove the gallbladder. This minimally invasive procedure reduces pain, allows faster recovery time and minimizes scarring. Our hospital has the latest devices for minimally invasive cholecystectomy and the surgeon also has instruments to assess the bile duct while in the operating room.
Find out if you are a candidate for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.