Celebrate Comfort and Precision with Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Are you or a loved one facing the agonising and painful symptoms of gallbladder disease? These symptoms develop slowly over time, and if ignored, they can become severe, even resulting in cancer. If yes, then it’s time for you to consult a doctor and figure out a way to fix the issue. This blog will provide you with information about laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Laparoscopy, in general, is a minimally invasive method or technique that can be used for a number of surgeries. Cholecystectomy, on the other hand, is a surgery to remove the gallbladder. There are two ways to proceed with this surgery. Namely;
- Open procedure
- Laparoscopic procedure
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove the gallbladder. It is one of the most commonly performed abdominal surgical procedures. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy can also be referred to as the lap chole procedure, in short. It is commonly referred to as gallbladder surgery.
What is the gallbladder?
Before diving deep into the surgical procedure, we must first understand the organ that is going to be the subject of our attention. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ positioned in the top right half of the abdomen that stores a substance called bile made by the liver and keeps the bile until the body needs it to digest fatty foods.
Circumstances leading to laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Gallstones are a major reason behind the need for lap chole. These are becoming more common day by day and affecting the majority of people. Gallstones are hardened deposits or crystals of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder. They cause immense pain and can also result in serious infections. Generally, these can be managed by maintaining a healthy diet and with the help of medications. Common symptoms of gallstones are:
- Feeling bloated
- Pain in the right side of the abdomen, which may reach the back or the shoulder.
Some other conditions apart from gallbladder stones when medications won’t work that require lap chole are as follows:
- Biliary colic—recurrent and intensely unexpected pain in the upper right half of the midsection, especially after a meal that may be related to the contraction of the gallbladder—may require this procedure.
- Cholecystitis (chronic or acute gallbladder inflation), which may result in fever, extreme uneasiness, and irritation, would also require this procedure.
- Choledocholithiasis is a condition where at least one gallstone blocks the normal bile channel. Under extreme conditions, they may also cause jaundice and pancreatitis.
- Gallbladder Polyps: Growths appearing on the inside lining of the gallbladder are known as polyps. Most of the time, they are benign and show no visible symptoms. But larger polyps with concerning characteristics are removed using this procedure.
Benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy:
In comparison to traditional open procedures, lap chole has more benefits, which make it the gold standard treatment for patients who have gallbladder disorders. Some of which are given below:
- Less pain: since it is a minimally invasive surgery, it is comparatively less painful than the traditional open procedure.
- Minimal scarring: being a minimally invasive surgery certainly has advantages, one of which is that it has very little or insignificant scarring as no large cuts are made.
- Faster recovery time: the recovery time for this surgery is comparatively short, which also means a short hospital stay.
Some other benefits, such as reduced risk of infections, better patient satisfaction, lower risk of hernias, and so on, are also included.
Beyond the stethoscope: an exceptional doctor and mentor
Dr. NAGARJ PUTTASWAMY is one of the best laparoscopic, general, and bariatric surgeons in Bangalore. Along with being an exceptional doctor, he is also an extraordinary mentor. During his 24-year career, he has performed over 15000 surgeries, including 4000 gallbladder surgeries alone. He has been the guiding force and an inspiration for hundreds of medical students and fellow surgeons. He has successfully performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a 1.5-year-old and another 88-year-old patient. He has an extensive list of accomplishments and skills in this field, which includes:
- Being head faculty in many live workshops
- He was instrumental in the introduction of new surgical techniques.
- Under his guidance, many advanced surgical instruments have been introduced after careful research and development.
- Dr. Nagarj is one of the few gems in society who offer laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the most affordable rate.
These are a few of several qualities that make him one of the best laparoscopic surgeons in this day and age.