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Your Team for Gallbladder Surgery in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Your gallbladder is a pear shaped organ that sits just below the liver on the upper right side of your abdomen. Your gallbladder collects and stores a liquid called bile that helps your body break down food. Small, hard deposits called gallstones can form in the gallbladder. This is a common condition. If your gallstones cause health problems, doctors may do surgery to remove it. For example, you may need surgery if your gallbladder is no longer working correctly and you are having pain.

When you’re suffering from troublesome gallstones or related problems, visit East Cooper General Surgery for gallbladder surgery in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Our team will determine the most appropriate treatment option for you and do everything possible to make your procedure and recovery simple.

Warning Signs of Gallbladder Trouble

Gallstones form when there is too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile or too little bile salts. They are very common – around 12% of people have gallstones, but the vast majority do not know it because the deposits do not cause any health problems. However, if your gallstones are causing trouble that requires gallbladder surgery, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Sharp Pain in Your Abdomen, Typically in Your Upper Right Abdominal Area
  • Radiating Pain in Your Right Upper Back or Right Shoulder Blade
  • Severe Pain That May Come and Go or Progress to Become Steady. It May Worsen When You Eat
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever and Chills
  • Yellowing of Your Skin/Whites of Your Eyes (Jaundice)

If you are experiencing right upper abdominal pain, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Steadman to discuss your symptoms.

Your Treatment Options

When you’re suffering from gallstones, gallbladder removal is usually the simplest and most effective treatment option since the deposits rarely go away on their own. You do not need a gallbladder to live a long, healthy life, so it’s logical to remove it when you’re plagued by gallstones, polyps, an infection, or inflammation.

A surgical procedure performed to remove the gallbladder is known as a cholecystectomy. Most often, Dr. Steadman is able to offer minimally invasive surgery called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This procedure uses tiny instruments and just a few small cuts. There are several advantages of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery including smaller incisions that are less than one inch long, instead of a 5- to 7-inch incision for open surgery. Often, there is less pain than after open surgery and recovery is quicker. Typically you will go home the same day you have surgery.

Occasionally, to remove the gallbladder the surgeon will have to make a large cut (incision) in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder. This is also called “open surgery”. This procedure requires a larger incision, but typically takes a shorter amount of time to perform in comparison to laparoscopic surgery. In either case, most patients go home the same day as their surgery.

Contact us to schedule an evaluation appointment and find out which option is right for you.