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All You Need to Know About Gall Bladder Removal

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Although the healthcare industry in India is an upcoming sector with an approximate growth of $7-8 billion by the year 2020, talking about the online healthcare industry, India is still at a very nascent stage. The patient to doctor ratio is quite high, too many patients on the lookout for quality treatment services, confusion on the varied pricing of the services available etc. Most of us continue to take references about doctors, hospitals, services among family, friends and acquaintances.

However, the gloom situation is looking up with the initiative of some startup companies. They made the healthcare services as a point of search rather than having to visit a particular doctor or hospital. Reaching out to patients who are searching for healthcare service providers based on the treatment. With the advantage to book surgery packages online, patients can opt and decide for what suits him/her the best.

One of the most common surgeries surgeons perform is cholecystectomy or gall bladder removal surgery. It is a common treatment of symptomatic gallstones and other gall bladder conditions. Our organ, gall bladder is pear-shaped that stores bile, the fluid that helps digest food. Now if it does not work the way it should be or the bile gets imbalanced, hard fragments start to form. Their size ranges from as small as a grain of rice to as big as a golf ball. Gallstones do not go away on their own, if they start to hurt or cause other unavoidable symptoms, the consulting surgeon might decide on gall bladder removal surgery.

One should be rushed to hospital if one complains of severe pain in the abdomen, tenderness/pain on touch over the right abdomen, or pain from the abdomen that radiates to the right shoulder or the back.

Surgeons remove the gall bladder in one of the two ways

Open cholecystectomy: As laparoscopic cholecystectomy or laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is a preferred procedure, the open cholecystectomy procedure is performed generally when the laparoscopic cholecystectomy fails or there is major systemic ailment. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a 5- to 7-inch incision on the patient’s belly to take out the gall bladder. The patient will need open surgery if he/she has a bleeding disorder, has severe gall bladder problems, is overweight or is in the last trimester of pregnancy. In this procedure, the liver is retracted and a top down approach is opted for to remove the gall bladder. This procedure is not routinely performed as it leaves patients more susceptive to infection and recovery time engaged is much more.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Often termed as the keyhole surgery, the consulting surgeon, instead of making a big opening in the patient’s belly, makes four small cuts. Then a very thin, flexible tube is inserted that contains a light and a tiny video camera into the patient’s abdominal cavity. These help the consulting surgeon see the patient’s gall bladder and other organs and tissues in a close-up and better manner.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the standard procedure, and more invasive, older procedure is the open cholecystectomy. The surgery can lead to post cholecystectomy syndrome post cholecystectomy syndrome as well as serious complications such as bile duct injury.

Post-surgery, the patients should include food items that help the liver, which will be a wise decision towards a healthy life. Eating plenty of vegetables, fermented food, lean protein, food enriched with omega 3 fatty acids will be beneficial for the patients.

David Meyer
My name is David Meyer. I'm a health specialist and have created this website to help people learn more about its health.

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