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Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder Surgery

At Northeast Georgia Physician’s Group, our team of board-certified general surgeons diagnose and treat issues of the gallbladder. We offer expert care through our team of experienced physicians, combined with a compassionate approach.

The gallbladder assists your digestive system by collecting and store bile, which your body uses to break down food. The most common health concerns for the gallbladder are the build up of gallstones, hard deposits in your gallbladder, or gallbladder cancer. Our team is very experienced in diagnosing and treating issues of the gallbladder, minimizing stress and recovery time for our patients while providing excellent outcomes.

Conditions We Treat

  • Inflamation or infection of the gallbladder
  • Gallstones - typical symptoms include abdominal pain after eating, accompanied by nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gallbladder cancer

Treatment Options

After a thorough history and physical exam, an ultrasound may be obtained to help diagnose gallstones. This is a painless test using sound waves to scan your abdomen. Other tests may be needed to assess the gallbladder for function or the presence of other types of gallbladder disease. Your surgeon will determine the next best step, including:

  • Medication or diet changes
  • Minimally invasive gallbladder removal - robotic laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open surgery to remove gallbladder, if the minimally invasive option is not recommended by your physician

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with NGPG Surgical Associates, please call us today at 770-219-9200 or use the form on this page. 

FAQs

What are the symptoms of gallstones?

  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Nausea, vomiting or indigestion
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)
  • Fever

What is the benefit of robotic laparoscopic gallbladder removal?

Through the da Vinci Surgical System, NGPG is able to offer single-site gallbladder removal. Robotic surgery enables our patients to shorten their hospital stay, limit complications, lessen the need for narcotic pain medicine and experience a faster recovery. By combining laparscopic surgery, a technique that limits how many incisions must be made for surgery, with the da Vinci Surgical System, we are able to offer the latest technology to promote healing. Typically this procedure is done as an outpatient surgery. Speak with your NGPG surgeon to see if this is an option for you.

How long is the recovery time for gallbladder surgery?

Most patients can have gallbladder surgery as an outpatient procedure, but some may be discharged the next day. If your surgeon determines you must have open surgery, your stay at the hospital may be 2 – 4 days. Within 7 – 10 days, most patients can resume their normal activities.