What is it?
The gallbladder is a small, non-vital organ which aids in the digestive process and concentrates bile produced in the liver. When foods containing fats arrive in the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the stored bile into the duodenum. Here, the bile helps to break down fats and also neutralise acids in the food that has arrived from the stomach. When gallstones form, they may block the flow of bile from the gallbladder, causing pain or leading to more serious complications. About one adult in every 10 form gallstones, this usually requires removal of the gallbladder.
How is it done?
Gallbladder removal or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder using keyhole surgery. This involves placing a telescope though the belly button and between the layers of your abdominal wall, giving the surgeon a magnified view of your internal organs. Further small incisions are made allowing for the insertion of surgical equipment called cannulas. These cannulas allow your surgeon to delicately separate the gallbladder from its attachments and then remove it though one of the small incisions.