Treatment of Gallbladder Issues
Should your testing indicate abnormalities in gallbladder function, your physician will provide the proper diagnosis and began a treatment plan. If you have gallstones but are not experiencing symptoms, you may not require any treatment. If you are experiencing pain due to gallstones, sludge, or dysfunction, your physician will give you their recommendations regarding the best treatment for you. If a stone is lodged in the common bile duct, surgery is required.
The most common form of removal is by laparoscopic surgery. This involves the surgeon making small incisions in the belly to remove the gallbladder. The recovery period for this surgery varies from patient to patient. An open surgery (cholecystectomy) is sometimes required. An ERCP can be performed to locate and remove gallstones when they are stuck in a duct.
Don’t worry; your body is able to function properly without the gallbladder. You may experience diarrhea after surgery; if this happens, you should see your gastroenterologist. You may have pain where your gallbladder used to be. You also may need to modify your diet after surgery. We have offices in Salt Lake and Utah Counties to conveniently serve you.