Cholecystectomy is another term for gall bladder surgery. A person with sudden, sharp pain in the back may not be dealing with simple back pain, but a problem with their gall bladder. This can become a serious health issue if it is the gall bladder and it’s infected or full of gall stones. Any pain in the upper right abdomen, back or right shoulder should be seen by a Pottstown, PA, doctor to rule out the possibility of a gall bladder issue.

Why Gall Bladder Problems Happen

The gall bladder is a tiny organ which stores bile produce by the liver. Bile is used in the digestion of fat. Tiny mineral deposits, called gallstones, can collect in the gall bladder. These stones don’t pose a problem until they become lodged in the tiny ducts which carry the bile to the intestines.

The blockage of these ducts causes sharp pains whenever the gall bladder tries to push bile into the intestines. The stones irritate the gall bladder and ducts, and can cause a painful infection.

Treating a Painful Gall Bladder

Infected gall bladders are surgically removed, called a cholecystectomy. Surgeons, such as Dr. Sean Yuan, use various techniques for removing this organ:

Laparoscopic Surgery

This is the preferred method for gall bladder removal because it is the least invasive. The person can have this procedure done at the Bariatric Surgeon/Weightloss Surgery clinic and go home shortly after the procedure. A small incision is made in the navel and a tube is inserted through which the doctor removes the gall bladder.

General Surgery

In a few cases, laparoscopic surgery cannot be used and a large incision must be made through which the gall bladder is removed. This requires staying in the hospital for a few days following the surgery.

After the Surgery

A person can live well without their gall bladder. The liver will continue to produce bile, but the mechanism will be less effective at digesting fat. One will need to watch their fat intake to avoid diarrhea and other uncomfortable digestion issues.

Failure to Treat a Gall Bladder Infection

If allowed to continue, the gall bladder will become more inflamed and painful. The person will have difficult eating without a painful flare up. In advanced cases, the gall bladder can rupture, releasing the infected contents into the abdomen, creating an emergency situation.

Pain associated with gall stones should not be ignored. The person may pass the stones out of their body, but if the gall bladder is infected, the pain will continue. Persistent pain in the abdomen should not be ignored to prevent serious health issues.

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