Gallstones are salts that form pebble like stones in your gallbladder. Gallstones are a common problem, and a number of people in the general population will have gallstones in their gallbladder, but only 1 – 2% of them will have symptoms from their gallstones. Gallstones can cause irritation of the gallbladder resulting in pain, vomiting, fever and jaundice(yellowness in your skin). Most people that suffer gallbladder related problems benefit from sugery to remove of their gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Nowadays, gallbladder surgery is usually performed by a keyhole operation(laparoscopic) and recovery following surgery is rapid.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole surgery to remove the gallbladder)
This is a low risk procedure and is usually able to be performed by the keyhole method. There is a small 3-5% chance that an open operation is needed. There is only a small chance of troubles with this type of surgery.
At WKS Surgery, we have an expertise in keyhole gallbladder surgery and have performed a great many of these operations over the last 15 years.
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