Gallbladder Removal Surgery In Milton Keynes
The gallbladder is a small sac located in the abdomen that helps to aid digestion and store the bile that is produced by the liver.
Sometimes the gallbladder doesn’t function as it should and gallstones can occur. If you are experiencing severe or frequent gallstone symptoms, gallbladder removal surgery (known as cholecystectomy) may be necessary.
What causes gallstones?
Although we know how to treat gallstones, we don’t know exactly why some people develop them.
It is thought that gallstones may be a result of chemical imbalances in the bile in the gallbladder, such as too much cholesterol or unusually high levels of a waste product called bilirubin. These chemical imbalances cause tiny crystals to form, which grow over time and eventually become stones.
It has also been said that gallstones might be due to the gallbladder not emptying properly, creating blockages.
Signs & symptoms of gallstones
The most common symptom of gallstones is pain in the upper-right abdomen, although it can sometimes feel like a band running across the whole area and migrating to your shoulders.
The pain usually lasts anywhere between a quarter of an hour and several hours, with attacks sometimes separated by weeks, months or even years, with no fixed pattern.
Sometimes gallstones won’t cause any symptoms, and you won’t even know that they are there.
If a gallstone blocks the cystic duct it can cause inflammation and infection — a condition known as cholecystitis. This is often accompanied by intense pain and requires surgery to remove the gallbladder.
Gallstones blocking the bile ducts can cause jaundice, dark urine and skin itching, and also require immediate medical attention. There is also a risk that the pancreas will become inflamed if you have gallstones, and this requires immediate medical treatment as it can be a very serious condition.
The benefits of gallbladder removal
Having gallbladder removal surgery can have many benefits for your health.
When the gallbladder needs to be removed, you will probably be experiencing severe, frequent or painful symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Drops in your blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
Once the gallbladder is removed, these unpleasant symptoms should dissipate.
Gallbladder removal surgery can also mitigate the risk of infection and inflammation — both of which can be very serious and require immediate medical attention.
Treatment options for gallstones
Your personal treatment plan for gallstones will depend on how severe your symptoms are and how much they affect your day-to-day life.
For those with recurring pain and at risk of developing an infection, surgery is the best option.
During a cholecystectomy, the surgeon will remove the gallbladder with the stones, a routine, half-hour-long procedure conducted by minimally-invasive keyhole surgery.
Why choose Mr Achal Khanna for gallbladder removal surgery?
As one of the most well-qualified and experienced surgeons in the treatment of gallstones, Mr Achal Khanna offers cholecystectomy treatment to patients in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.
Mr Achal Khanna takes a personalised, tailored approach to all patients to ensure that they receive the very best care that meets their needs.
If you are concerned that you may have a problem with your gallbladder and require expert advice and surgery, please use our contact form or contact Mr Khanna’s clinic on 01908 305 127.