About 3% patients land with symptoms or complications every year due to gall stones.
Gallstones can block the flow of bile out of the gallbladder causing it to swell, a condition called as Cholecystitis.
Gall stones may slip out of the gallbladder into the bile duct and can block the flow of bile causing jaundice, or they may cause acute inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.Pancreatitis can be severe in 10% of patients leading to high morbidity.
Once the gall stones have slipped and blocked the bile duct , it becomes necessary to remove the stones in the bile duct by a procedure called ERCP and then to proceed with laparoscopic removal of gall bladder.
If you experience severe abdominal pain, fever with chills ,jaundice consult doctor immediately . Gall stones also are risk factor for the development of gallbladder cancer.
Open surgery was the standard treatment but the advent of laparoscopic surgery 30 years ago has changed the scenario. Today laparoscopic surgery is the preferred treatment since it is proved to reduce pain and suffering of the patient significantly compared to open surgery and has been proved to be safe.
A.V.Hospital, Basavanagudi has the largest experience of Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal in the state of Karnataka.