Gallbladder Surgery

Cape Cod Surgical Associates

General Surgery & Vascular Surgery located in Hyannis, MA

Your gallbladder, located just beneath your liver, is responsible for storing and releasing bile for fat digestion. Because your gallbladder doesn’t always function normally, Stephen Brooks, MD, FACS, RPVI, at Cape Cod Surgical Associates provides modern gallbladder surgery in Hyannis, Massachusetts. If you have gallstones or other type of gallbladder issue, contact the clinic for a surgical evaluation. Click on the online booking tool, or call to schedule by phone.

Gallbladder Surgery Q & A

Why do I need gallbladder surgery?

Your liver makes bile, a substance that breaks down fat and aids in fat absorption. To ensure bile is ready to go when you eat, your gallbladder maintains a steady supply of bile and releases it when you consume anything with fat. But your gallbladder isn’t always efficient, and sometimes it needs to be removed. 

Your doctor may recommend gallbladder surgery if you have:

  • Gallstones
  • Blockages in biliary ducts 
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis) 

You may also be a candidate for gallbladder surgery if your gallbladder doesn’t properly release bile because of a defect. This condition is known as biliary dyskinesia. 

How does a doctor perform gallbladder surgery?

Cape Cod Surgical Associates provides both minimally invasive laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, as well as open gallbladder surgery. The type of procedure you need depends on your diagnosis and health. 

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery 

With a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy), your surgeon makes several small incisions in your abdomen and expands your abdominal cavity with air for clearer viewing. 

The next step involves inserting a thin lighted scope with a video camera at the end — laparoscope — into an incision. Your surgeon also inserts surgical tools into surrounding incisions to carefully remove your gallbladder. 

Open gallbladder surgery 

An open gallbladder surgery is a traditional method for removing your gallbladder. Your surgeon makes a large incision to physically view and remove your gallbladder. This type of gallbladder surgery is usually only necessary if you have severe inflammation, unexpected scar tissue, anatomical complications, or injury to the area. 

What is the recovery like after gallbladder surgery?

With the help of the skilled providers at Cape Cod Surgical Associates, you can go on to have a long, healthy life after gallbladder surgery. Your body can digest food normally without your gallbladder. 

Bile can still get to your small intestine to digest fat; you just won’t be able to store bile any longer. You may need to make some dietary changes, including consuming more fiber. 

A laparoscopic gallbladder surgery can be an outpatient procedure, although staying a night or two in the hospital may be necessary. With this procedure, recovery takes about three to four weeks.

Open gallbladder surgery might require you to stay in the hospital for about three nights. Recovering from an open procedure takes longer; typically about six weeks. 

Cape Cod Surgical Associates provides gallbladder surgery for acute and chronic gallbladder issues. Book your gallbladder evaluation online, or call the office directly to schedule today.