Gallbladder Removal Surgery
The gallbladder plays an important role in storing and distributing bile for digestion, but it is not necessary to survive. The gallbladder is considered a non-essential organ. If it is causing health issues, it can be removed without a serious health threat. If you have certain diseases or chronic gallstones, gallbladder removal surgery, or cholecystectomy, may be recommended. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers minimally-invasive gallbladder removal surgery through his practice in Los Angeles.
Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board certified gastrointestinal surgeon who has extensive experience treating gallbladder disorders. Dr. Shouhed specializes in minimally-invasive gastrointestinal surgery to reduce the risk and quicken recovery for his patients. When a gallbladder disorder cannot be resolved through repairs or medication treatments, Dr. Shouhed may recommend a cholecystectomy.
When the gallbladder becomes inflamed or gallstones are causing obstruction in the bile duct, removal of the gall bladder may be the best option. The gallbladder is a small organ located in the upper left abdomen under the liver, just below the diaphragm. Cholecystectomy has traditionally been performed with open surgery – a large incision to remove the organ. Dr. Shouhed prefers to use laparoscopy to perform gallbladder removal surgery.
Minimally-invasive cholecystectomy only requires a few small incisions to access the gall bladder. Specialized small surgical instruments, along with the use of a tiny camera to view the procedure on a monitor, are used to perform the gallbladder removal. A cholecystectomy removes the gallbladder, but bile is still delivered to the small intestines from the liver to allow for fat digestion.
If you have chronic gallstone problems or other gallbladder-related health issues, a cholecystectomy may be a treatment option. If you want to learn more about minimally-invasive gallbladder removal surgery, contact our office in Los Angeles. We can book a consultation to discuss cholecystectomy with Dr. Danny Shouhed. Call today to schedule your appointment.