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Gallbladder Surgery in Los Angeles

It is a pear-shaped organ that is three to six inches in length and is present in the abdomen’s upper right side, under the liver. 

The gallbladder connects the intestine and the liver via small tubes known as bile ducts. 

However, the primary function of this organ is to store and concentrate bile.

 

What is bile? 

It is a watery fluid that contains: 

  1. Cholesterol
  2. Bile Salts
  3. Fatty substances

Waste substances (bilirubin)

What Are Gallstones?

These are rock-like structures inside the gallbladder formed when bile or cholesterol components precipitate out in crystal form. When these crystals clump together, they form stones.

What is gallbladder surgery?

There are cases where Gallstones (tiny rock-like structures) get deposited inside an individual's gallbladder. Many people in Los Angeles suffer from this condition and require surgery. 

Thanks to advancements in medical science, gallbladder surgery is now performed utilizing the least invasive method. As a result, the risks associated with the surgery are minimal. 

Today gallstone removal surgery is carried out laparoscopically. Only a small incision scar near the belly button is visible on the patient’s body after the surgery.

It may sound intimidating to get gallstones or gallbladder removal surgery, but rest assured such surgeries typically have no adverse impact. 

In most cases, gallbladder surgery is carried out quickly and safely. Moreover, the patient can leave the premises shortly after the surgery is completed.

Gallstones: The Symptoms

Gallstone symptoms are as follows: 

  • Feeling of fullness
  • Vomiting 
  • Cramping
  • Fever 
  • Heartburn 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Nausea
  • Rapid weight loss

Such symptoms appear soon after eating when the gallbladder releases bile.

What Causes Gallstones? 

Medical science is still not aware of the exact cause for the formation of gallstones. However, the following conditions may be responsible:

  1. Bile is concentrated with cholesterol:

In typical cases, bile carries chemicals that can help to dissolve cholesterol excreted by the person's liver. However, if the liver starts secreting more cholesterol, it becomes increasingly difficult for the bile to dissolve. The excess cholesterol settles and begins to crystalize, eventually forming stones. 

  1. Bile is concentrated with bilirubin:

Bilirubin is produced when red blood cells break down. There are many conditions where the liver starts making excessive bilirubin, including:

  • Biliary tract infections
  • Blood disorders
  • Liver cirrhosis

In short, excess bilirubin plays a vital role in forming gallstones. 

3. If the gallbladder is not sufficiently empty:

In such cases, the secreted bile gets concentrated, resulting in the formation of stones.

Dietary plan to be followed after the surgery:

You are advised to eat easily digestible soft foods after the surgery.  

Soft food, such as: 

  1. White rice Crackers
  2. Plain pasta
  3. Bananas
  4. Boiled potatoes
  5. Dry toast, etc.

After the surgery, your body has trouble digesting fats. Avoiding the following types of food would be best: 

  • Pizza
  • High-fat meats
  • High-fat dairy
  • French fries
  • Chocolate
  • Meat gravies
  • Potato chips, etc
Contact Us:

Please reach out to us if you are experiencing symptoms of gallstones. 

If the patient’s condition is still controllable and surgical removal through a gallbladder operation is not required, Dr. Feiz can advise on how best to change your diet to stop the formation of gallstones. 

For more details regarding gallbladder surgery, please visit our contact page.

Phone number: 310-855-8058

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