FLORIDA - GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS: Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that's released into your small intestine.
In most cases, cholecystitis is caused by gallstones that block the tube leading out of your gallbladder. This results in a buildup of bile that can cause inflammation. Other causes of cholecystitis include bile duct problems and tumors.
If left untreated, cholecystitis can lead to serious complications, such as a gallbladder that becomes enlarged or that ruptures. Once diagnosed, cholecystitis requires a hospital stay. Treatment for cholecystitis often eventually includes gallbladder removal. (Source: mayoclinic.com)
GALLBLADDER REMOVAL: Your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal surgery if you have gallstones that bother you or your gallbladder is not working normally (biliary dyskinesia).
You may have some or all of these symptoms:
-Nausea and vomiting
-Pain after eating, usually in the upper right or upper middle area of your belly (epigastric pain)
GETTING OUT BAD GALLBLADDERS THROUGH BELLY BUTTONS: The FDA approved the da Vinci robot’s use as tool for single port laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder removal in late 2011, With this innovative approach, patients have little to no scarring because operating through the belly button actually hides the scar. Other benefits include reduced pain and need for pain medications as well as decreased risk of infection. Additionally, patients go home the same day of their surgery and get back to work or activity in only a few days.