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Gallstones are a common disorder affecting over one in ten Americans and are associated with an estimated 3,000 deaths every year. 1

 

What are Gallstones?

To understand what a gallstone is you must first understand how your gallbladder works. Your gallbladder is a small organ under your liver that stores bile, a byproduct produced by your liver. Your gallbladder is responsible for secreting bile to your small

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Problems with your gallbladder arise when the bile is abnormally transformed into a gallstone which can cause pain. A blockage can also arise from this gallstone because the gallbladder cannot empty properly. A gallstone is a hard mass that forms in the gallbladder or bile duct and consists primarily of cholesterol and bile salts. Once formed, it can block the flow of bile from the gallbladder, causing it to swell and possibly rupture. Some cause of gallstones can be hereditary, a diet high in cholesterol or pregnancy.intestine as your stomach and intestines break down food.

 

Gallbladder Stone Treatment Options

The good news is that gallbladder stone treatment is available. At Precision Surgery, Inc. we treat gallbladder disease with modernized micro-incision surgery  called (UMI) Ultra minimally invasive laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

  • (UMI) Ultra Minimally Invasive Cholecystectomy or (Gallbladder Removal). This is a minimally invasive surgery that allows Dr. Serrano to operate through a few small incisions (2 to 3) and utilizes the aid of High Definition video cameras and micro instrumentation.

Benefits of the (UMI) laparoscopic cholecystectomy include:

  • Fast recovery and little down time
  • Minimal to no scarring/less pain
  • No overnight stay
  • Quick recovery time (return to work 3-4 days)

 

Are You a Candidate for Gallbladder Surgery?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you might be a candidate for gallbladder surgery:

  • Abdominal pain after eating certain foods (Ex. Fatty foods)
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Right upper abdomen pain and possibily mid upper abdomen pain
  • Pain radiating to Rt shoulder or back

 

Gallbladder Treatment Myths

Myth – A gallbladder flush is the best way to get rid of gallstones.

A gallbladder flush may exacerbate the problem and the pain you’re experiencing. It is not a proven gallbladder stone treatment.

Myth – Antacids will take care of any gallbladder problems.

Antacids will only mask the problem and provide temporary relief. They are not a cure for gallbladder problems. Too many antacids will actually lead to the development of kidney stones.

Myth –  Experiencing gastro-instestinal issues is normal and therefore, treatment is not needed.

This is an unfortunate myth that many people believe. The truth is recurrent abdominal pain isn’t normal and should be discussed with a doctor immediately.

 

Why Choose Gallbladder Surgery

Our gallbladder surgeries are fast, safe, and most of all, effective. They are designed to provide the least discomfort possible and get you back on your feet in a matter of days.

  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Full recovery in days

Don’t continue living in pain. Call our office at 602-547-3300 and see how we can help your gallbladder problems disappear.

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