Treatment for gallbladder disease varies based on each patient’s specific condition.
If you have gallstones that don't cause any symptoms, you likely won’t need treatment. But if you are experiencing symptoms that could be related to gallstones, you should see a physician right away. Surgery to remove your gallbladder – called a cholecystectomy – is a common treatment for this condition . Fortunately, your gallbladder is not an essential organ, and your body can digest food without it.
If your physician recommends removal of your gallbladder, there are new surgical techniques that may shorten recovery times. Most gallbladder removal surgeries are performed laparoscopically. Using this minimally invasive technique, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your abdomen and insert a tiny camera called a laparoscope to view inside your body while removing your gallbladder.
Unlike a traditional “open” cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), patients who undergo laparoscopic cholecystectomy are often able to leave the hospital the same day. It is the preferred procedure for both our surgeons and patients as it often results in fewer complications, smaller scars and a shorter recovery time of one to two weeks.
For a full list of the minimally invasive surgical procedures we provide, visit our Robotic and Minimally Invasive Procedures page.
Treating Gallbladder Disease in Houston
The skilled, board-certified general surgeons affiliated with Memorial Hermann routinely treat patients with mild to severe cases of gallbladder disease, performing over 600 surgeries every year.
While gallbladder disease may not initially be a life-threatening condition, you can develop serious complications if the gallbladder is not removed promptly and becomes infected. If you (or a loved one) are exhibiting symptoms of gallbladder disease, talk with your doctor.
If you are experiencing acute abdominal pain, seek immediate emergency medical attention by calling 911 or visiting a local Emergency Room.
Schedule an appointment today with a Memorial Hermann-affiliated physician using our online ScheduleNow portal or by calling (713) 222-CARE.