When Gallbladder Surgery Might Be Necessary

Like any other organ, a lot can go wrong with your gallbladder. Poor functioning, gallstones, and even cancer can result in painful complications that interrupt your life and make you concerned for your health.  

If left untreated, these issues can quickly become life-threatening. Having an experienced, reliable surgeon on your side can make it easier to diagnose and treat gallbladder issues before they become serious. 

At Texas Surgical Care in Kingwood, Texas, Dr. Ronald Ambe can advise you if you need gallbladder surgery, and expertly remove a diseased gallbladder if necessary.

Common gallbladder complications 

Your gallbladder is a small organ that produces bile. Bile helps break down fat in your small intestine, making it necessary for digestion. However, the gallbladder can be affected by a number of diseases, including: 

Symptoms of a gallbladder problem might be subtle at first. You might experience nausea or discomfort after eating, abdominal tenderness, and pain. If you experience an unexplained fever and sudden, severe abdominal pain, you should get the issue handled immediately. 

From there, your doctor can diagnose the issue and begin discussing your options — which might involve surgery. 

Signs you might need surgery 

Mild gallbladder ailments can be treated with lifestyle changes. Your doctor might recommend over-the-counter medications and a diet/exercise plan to help you manage your condition. Reducing the amount of fat in your diet can help reduce bile production and prevent attacks.

However, if your gallbladder issues are severely impacting your daily life and overall health, your doctor might recommend you for surgery. Gallstone removal is a common procedure in many cases, but those with severe, chronic issues might require a cholecystectomy, or full removal of the gallbladder. 

Signs you might require gallbladder surgery include: 

There are three primary methods of cholecystectomy: open, robotic, and laparoscopic. Dr. Ambe prefers to use minimally invasive methods when possible, but you might require an open surgery if you’re obese, seriously ill, or have a history of abdominal surgery. 

Are you suffering from digestive issues caused by your gallbladder? It might be time to look into surgery as an option. Get in touch with Dr. Ambe by calling 832-280-8691, or request an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are many things — painful, embarrassing, itchy — but what they are not is something you should ignore. Here’s why you should seek help for your hemorrhoids.

Who's at Risk for Colon Cancer?

Anyone can be diagnosed with cancer, but family history, race, and age can all put you at specific risk for colon cancer. Here’s what you need to know.

Myths and Facts About Colostomies

Are you looking at the possibility of needing a colostomy? Don’t panic: having a pouch isn’t as awful as you might be thinking, thanks to advancements in ostomy equipment and surgery.

Does Diet Impact Hemorrhoids?

Your diet plays a large part in your health, especially if you have hemorrhoids. Here are some tips on which foods to avoid, so you can prevent problems in the restroom later.

The Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings

Like most cancers, your chances of survival are higher if colon cancer is detected early. This is why screenings should be a regular part of your life, especially if you’re at risk.