Gall Bladder Surgery in Mumbai

Dr. Harsh Sheth is one of the best surgeons for gall bladder diseases. He is associated with Saifee Hospital, Bhatia Hospital, ACI Cumballa Hill Hospital, Apollo Spectra Hospital (Tardeo), Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, and Conwest& Manjula S Badani Jain Charitable Hospital.

He is also one the best bariatric surgeon in Mumbai. He has done extensive research in the fields of Bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal surgeries. He is regarded as the good surgeon for gall bladder and bariatric surgery in Mumbai.

Anatomy of the Gall Bladder

The gall bladder is in the upper right abdomen, just below the liver. The gall bladder is a storehouse of bile, a green-yellow colored digestive juice. Gall bladder stones are the most commonly occurring disorder of the gall bladder.

What causes gall stones?

Gall stones are known to contain cholesterol, while some gallstones contain bilirubin and calcium salts. There are theories which state that excess cholesterol in bile causes yellow gall stones.

If the bile contains excess bilirubin, then dark brown or black colour stones are developed.In case the gall bladder is unable to empty the bile properly, then concentrated bile can lead to the formation of gallstones. Gall stones are common in overweight women over forty years of age but can occur at almost any age.

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Symptoms of Gallstones

  • Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
  • Occasional pain and bloating that occurs when fat-rich food is consumed
  • Burping, nausea, and vomiting
  • Stomach ache and diarrhea

Doctors refer to these symptoms as biliary colic.

The patient can suffer from asymptomatic gallstones or silent gallstones. This means the patient experiences no pain or symptoms. These stones are revealed during an x-ray or ultrasound of the abdomen.

Treatment of Gallbladder stones

Medicines :

Oral medications can help dissolve gallstones. But this may take quite some time. Also, they are likely to form once again if the medicines are stopped. Most doctors recommend these medications to people who are unfit for surgery.

Surgery for Gallbladder stones :

Surgery is the preferred treatment to remove gallstones and the gallbladder. It is known as a cholecystectomy and is almost always performed laparoscopically. Dr Harsh Sheth and his team will suggest a cholecystectomy if there are recurring gallstones or stomach ache, or any other symptoms related to biliary colic.

Cholecystectomy can be performed through laparoscopy as well. The surgeon will make a couple of small cuts to remove the gallbladder along with the gallstones. There is also an option of performing the surgery through a single incision of 2-3 cm especially in women who want scarless surgery.

Cholecystectomy is a one top two-hour procedure under general anesthesia. The surgeon inflates the abdomen with air or carbon dioxide to view the surgical site more clearly. With the assistance of the laparoscope, the surgeon removes the gall bladder.

After laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, patients stay in the hospital for 24-36 hours. The patient may feel sore for a week but will fully recover after 2 -3 weeks. One must avoid a fat-rich diet for at least 2-4 weeks after a gall bladder surgery. The patient has to avoid rigorous physical activity or lifting heavy weights for at least ten to twelve weeks post-surgery.

Patients who have undergone a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery recover faster and better than those who have been treated through an open gallbladder removal surgery.

After gallbladder surgery :

Once the gallbladder is removed, the body cannot store bile in between meals, which was earlier stored by the gallbladder. This does not affect the digestion process.

But in certain people, it may cause diarrhea, bloating and a feeling of discomfort after eating fat-rich meals. However, this is temporary and resolved in 2 – 4 weeks.

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FAQs on Gall Bladder Surgery

Who performs a gallbladder surgery?
A gastrointestinal surgeon will diagnose and perform the gallbladder surgery. Dr. Harsh Sheth is an experienced and best gall bladder surgeon who has performed more than 1000 gall bladder removals with great success.
What are the primary symptoms of gallstones in the gall bladder?

The primary symptoms of gallstones are pain in the right side of the abdomen. The patient may feel nausea, experience a lot of burping and/or pass dark urine. It may so happen that there are no symptoms as well.

When is a gall bladder surgery suggested?

Dr Harsh Sheth and his team could suggest surgical procedure for gall bladder if the patient faces a lot of discomfort due to the presence of the gallstones. The other medical conditions include gallstones in the bile duct (causing jaundice), gallbladder inflammation, large polyps in the gallbladder, and pancreatitis due to gallstones.

What are the complications of laparoscopic gall bladder surgery?

Laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is relatively safe in comparison to open surgery. It promises speedy recovery and a shorter hospital stay. However, certain complications such as bleeding, bile leakand infection can occur in 0.2-0.6% of cases. The chances of complications increase with delayed presentation, acute infective states and presence of gall stone related complications.