Gallbladder Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

Gallbladder surgery is often the preferred treatment for gallbladder problems like gallstones and inflammation. General surgeon Rick Windle, MD, specializes in minimally invasive gallbladder surgery, including single-incision cholecystectomy, at Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska. To learn more about minimally invasive options for gallbladder surgery, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Gallbladder Surgery Q&A

What is gallbladder surgery?

Cholecystectomy, also known as gallbladder removal surgery, is typically the best way to treat gallbladder problems.

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located in your upper abdomen, just below the liver. The gallbladder’s main job is to store a digestive fluid called bile, which your liver produces.

Problems with the gallbladder can lead to sharp abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and jaundice, or yellowed skin and eyes. Gallbladder surgery is a safe and relatively common procedure that treats these symptoms.

Why would I need gallbladder surgery?

Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder problems. Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form in the gallbladder. Gallstones can remain in the gallbladder or get stuck in the bile duct that connects the gallbladder to the intestines.

Other problems that may require gallbladder surgery include inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) due to gallstones, and biliary dyskinesia, a condition that prevents the gallbladder from emptying correctly.

What are the different approaches to gallbladder surgery?

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits, including less pain, reduced risk of complications, and a shorter recovery time. In some cases, open surgery may be the best approach.

If you need gallbladder surgery, Dr. Windle may use one of the following techniques:

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic gallbladder removal requires a few tiny incisions, or ports, on the right side of your abdomen and another near your bellybutton.

Dr. Windle inserts a thin camera called a laparoscope through one of the ports. This allows him to view your gallbladder and guide surgical instruments to the treatment area. He may also use a special type of X-ray called a cholangiogram to find gallstones in your bile duct.

Single-incision cholecystectomy

Single-incision gallbladder removal uses only one port for the laparoscope and instruments. This approach involves even less trauma to healthy tissue than standard laparoscopic surgery.

What should I expect from gallbladder surgery?

Dr. Windle thoroughly evaluates your symptoms, medical history, and imaging tests to determine the best approach to treatment for you. He spends as much time as needed to answer all of your questions and explain the procedure.

If you have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you should be able to go home the same day as surgery. For open surgery, you may need to spend 2-3 days in the hospital.

For the highest degree of patient-centered care in gallbladder surgery, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.