The gall bladder is a small organ situated in the upper part of the abdomen which helps the body to digest food by means of a liquid called bile. Gall stones, hard small deposits, can form, causing obstruction.
Common symptoms which signal gall bladder problems include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sharp acute pain
- Jaundice – this is when the skin and eyes have a yellow tinge due to gall stones blocking the bile ducts.
Whilst diet modifications may help relief pain from gall stones, it is quite uncommon that they go away on their own. Most of the time, the solution is to take out the gall bladder.
The preferred method to remove the gall bladder is the laparoscopic approach. Small incisions are done instead of a longer one which is a characteristic of an open surgery. The recovery period is much shorter, so much so that most of the time, one may go home on the same day of surgery. The pain in the short and long term is also less and one can resume daily activities much faster.