Surgery for Gallbladder Disease

Effective relief... with less scarring, pain and recovery time.

Gallbladder disease, or biliary disease, affects an estimated 20 million Americans. About 1 million of these are newly diagnosed, and most have gallstones that usually require surgical removal. While it primarily affects women due to factors associated with multiple pregnancies, obesity and rapid weight loss, men can also develop biliary disease.

Because its symptoms can be elusive, and because it may present without gallstones, biliary disease can be difficult to diagnose. Left untreated, gallstones can lead to blockage of the bile duct and brief episodes of biliary pain, inflammation of the gallbladder, acute cholecystitis and pancreatitis and even gallbladder cancer.

Determining the nature of your problem.

For patients with abdominal pain and indigestion (particularly after eating), nausea or fever, the latest diagnostic tools will help determine the cause, nature and extent of their problem. Patients with jaundice and abnormal liver tests also warrant a thorough exam of the biliary tract.

Reducing the burden of gallbladder surgery.

If surgery is required, Dr. Clifford Black — a highly trained and credentialed surgeon — can perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy, an alternative to traditional open surgery to remove the diseased gallbladder. Because the laparoscopic approach is a minimally invasive surgery, it requires a shorter hospital stay, produces less pain and scarring and offers a greatly reduced recovery period.

For relief from gallbladder disease or to schedule an appointment, call Anniston General Surgery Center, in Anniston, AL, today at (256) 240-9660. To learn more about gallbladder disease, please refer to our Health Education Library.