What Is Gallbladder Surgery?
Gallbladder surgery (also called cholecystectomy) is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ under the liver that the body uses to store the digestive fluid bile. Removal of the gallbladder may be necessary in the case of gallstones, large gallbladder polyps, or biliary dyskinesia, which is the abnormal movement of the gallbladder. For patients of Sierra Pacific Surgical, cholecystectomy is often performed with minimally invasive laparoscopic robotic surgery at an accredited surgical facility in the Greater Sacramento, CA area. In this version of gallbladder surgery, our extensively trained general surgeons will use the da Vinci robotic surgical system to perform the surgery through small incisions created in the abdomen. To learn more about this state-of-the-art procedure, schedule a consultation at our Roseville or Folsom, CA practice location.
Who Should Get a Cholecystectomy?
Patients experiencing severe abdominal pain may have gallstones, solid lumps of cholesterol, or bilirubin blocking the gallbladder or bile ducts. Gallstones may lead to inflammation in the gallbladder, or cholecystitis, which carries life-threatening risks, such as the possible rupture of the gallbladder. An abdominal ultrasound may also reveal gallbladder polyps, which are abnormal growths of tissue. Most gallbladder polyps are benign, but large polyps may be a sign of cancerous growth. Patients experiencing abdominal pain who do not have gallstones or polyps may be suffering from a condition called biliary dyskinesia where the gallbladder does not properly move bile through the bile tract. A cholecystectomy treats all of these serious conditions.
What to Expect During Robotic cholecystectomy
Using the innovative da Vinci surgical system allows our expert gallbladder surgeons to make tiny, precise incisions in the abdomen to access the gallbladder. We may then use advanced Firefly fluorescence imaging to guide the surgical arms with fine-tuned accuracy. This minimally invasive approach allows for less bleeding, minimal scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery timeframe. Patients can typically expect cholecystectomy surgery to take no more than one hour and can usually resume their normal routines within one week. Our general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical can help determine a patient's eligibility during a treatment consultation.
Gallbladder Surgery Reviews
"Dr. Robertson performed an emergency cholecystectomy about two weeks ago. I cannot thank him enough for operating on me and removing my kaput gallbladder and ginormous gallstone. Despite the large size of the gallstone, the surgery was done laparoscopically reducing the overall recovery time. For that, I am extremely grateful. I’m sure it took experience and talent to remove such a huge stone through a smaller incision compared to a traditional open incision (with a much longer recovery time). Dr. Robertson sufficiently explained the surgery to my husband and me. Post-surgery, he visited me in my hospital room to check on me. I saw Dr. Chen once, briefly, the day after surgery when he checked the incisions. I felt very cared for. My recovery is going just as Dr. Robertson explained. His instructions and recommendations were clear, and he invited me to call the office if I have questions in the future. Great bedside manner, professional, caring. I found his office staff to be kind, friendly and polite. Highly recommend."- C.A. / Yelp / Jul 06, 2021
"I cant say enough about Dr. Robertson! He truly saved my life and I honestly couldn't be anymore grateful for all that he did and the OUTSTANDING job he did. I've been dealing with gallbladder issues Since September 2020 going back and forth to the emergency room just to be sent home. No surgeon wanted to operate on me until the last time I fall back into to the hospital 06/2021 and I met the angel himself. He ensured me that he would take wonderful care of me and made me feel Seen and heard. My recover have been excellent and I have to thank him for that. Thank you again Dr. Robertson for all that you did your truly a blessing in disguise! "- D.H. / Healthgrades / Jun 30, 2021
"Dr.Robertson was my Surgeon for my gallbladder surgery. He did an excellent job. I was very nervous as this was my first surgery ever. I am healing well and feeling better than I imagined. He eased my about the process and i highly recommend him. I was impressed with and felt well cared for by all the staff."- K.H. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2022
"Had emergency gallbladder surgery done by Dr.Robertson, he is a great surgeon easy to talk to and explained things clearly. Every time I called the office with questions they where quick to relay the message to the Dr. And give me a call back with this response. Highly recommend him! Great office with wonderful staff && doctors 🙂"- V.E. / Google / Jan 15, 2022
"Had emergency gallbladder surgery done by Dr.Robertson, he is a great surgeon easy to talk to and explained things clearly. Every time I called the office with questions they where quick to relay the message to the Dr. And give me a call back with this response. Highly recommend him! Great office with wonderful staff && doctors 🙂"- V.E. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
Gallbladder surgery FAQs
How do I know if I need gallbladder surgery?
Your symptoms may include a sharp pain in the upper right part of your abdomen and/or consistent bloating, nausea, and vomiting. You may even have further pain that becomes intolerable. It is best to check with your local gallbladder surgeon in Sacramento, CA, before making a decision.
How much rest do you need after gallbladder surgery?
Your surgeon will provide you with specific discharge instructions. However, on average, it could generally take 6 – 8 weeks to return to normal activities.
How does the body function without a gallbladder after surgery?
Your body will no longer have a place to store the bile produced by your body. It will release straight into the small intestine. You will still be able to digest most foods, but large amounts of fatty, greasy, or high-fiber foods may be harder to digest.
Is it hard to lose weight after gallbladder surgery?
Although you could gain weight after having your gallbladder removed, you will still be able to lose weight as normal. Talk to your gallbladder surgeon to learn more.
Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery
For patients experiencing severe abdominal pain due to gallstones, large polyps, or biliary dyskinesia, gallbladder surgery may be the recommended treatment. In many cases, receiving this common surgery can be life-saving. Sierra Pacific Surgical proudly offers Northern California patients the latest in minimally invasive care. Contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA practice to learn more about how our skilled surgeons perform robotic cholecystectomy.