What To Expect When You Get Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder surgery, otherwise known as cholecystectomy, is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in North America. Each year, over 500,000 people will undergo a gallbladder removal procedure due to pain and illness related to gallstones, inflammation, blockage and infection of the gallbladder.
The liver manufactures the bile which is designed to emulsify or break down our dietary fat. The Gallbladder stores and concentrates bile between meals.
Gallstones are hardened deposits of cholesterol or bilirubin which solidify from the bile components. When the gallbladder is contracting inefficiently or the contents become too concentrated and imbalanced, gallstones ranging in size from grains of sand to large marbles may form. These often go unnoticed until they block a bile duct, causing severe pain and digestive upset. Chronic gallstone blockages, also known as biliary colic, can be extremely difficult to live with and Often doctors will recommend gallbladder removal as the solution.
If you have decided that surgical gallbladder surgery is for you, it will be helpful to know what to expect in order to prepare yourself.
You will be put to sleep and your surgeon will insert air into your abdomen to create an inflated space which is easier to work in and visualize necessary structures. They will insert a long, thin rod with a camera on the end, and through a couple smaller incisions, the tools which they will remove the gallbladder with. Your surgeon can visualize what is going on inside of you on a screen because of the camera. When the procedure is complete, you will be bandaged and allowed to go home in most cases. Sometimes a drain to remove excess bile fluid is placed for a short time.
Often, air left over in in the abdomen from surgical inflation can cause gas and uncomfortable bloating but this does resolve within a few days.
Returning to a regular diet could cause digestive upset after gallbladder removal. Adding an ox bile supplement and enzymes to help ease digestion after gallbladder removal.
There are very effective natural alternatives to gallbladder removal such as The Pulverexx Protocol that will dissolve cholesterol and calcified gallstones instead of having a necessary organ removed.