Key hole surgery has revolutionised gallbladder removal
Gallstones are common and a very common cause of abdominal pain. Both women and men get gallstones. They occur not only in overweight middle-aged women but also occur in young fit people including slim men and slim women and even some children. Professor Lloyd has performed thousands of gallbladder operations and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to perform keyhole surgery to remove gallstones in 1990. He is considered one of the most experienced gallbladder surgeons in the UK. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy – the operation to remove the gallbladder – usually takes less than one hour to perform and most patients go home the same day. Full recovery is between 10 – 14 days.
No. You can live a normal and healthy life without it.
No. Continue eating a healthy normal diet.
The gall bladder is a little bag which stores and concentrates a small amount of bile. When fat leaves the stomach the gallbladder contracts releasing some of this bile which helps break down the fat. You do not need the gall bladder because it is the liver which makes nearly one litre of bile every day. So, even without your gallbladder, you have plenty of bile to break down any fat in your diet.
Gallbladder pain is very common and usually presents with severe pain under the right ribcage. The intensity of the pain varies from a dull ache to severe colicky pain (biliary colic) which can last hours. It can be related to eating fatty food. Additional symptoms include nausea and bloating and even indigestion. Sometimes the pain can radiate to the back or shoulder blade and even into the chest. Increasing numbers of young patients in their 20s and 30s are getting gallstones so it is important to discuss the possibility with your GP. A simple ultrasound scan is usually enough to diagnose gallstones.
Book a consultation today and be pain-free within weeks
Professor David Lloyd is a world-renowned, leading UK surgeon and has performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies amongst more than 10,000 laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopic surgery is better known as “keyhole surgery”, during which very small incisions are made into the abdomen.
With such small incisions, scarring is kept to an absolute minimum and will generally fade with time. Complications are uncommon and the whole procedure can be undertaken in less than an hour, which means you would be able to go home the very same day and be fully recovered in around 7-10 days. To get started, simply book a consultation today.
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During your consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you want, so don’t be afraid to ask any question relating to your groin pain. It may be easier to make a note of any changes you’ve noticed in preparation for the consultation.
Professor David M Lloyd
Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon specialising in Hepatobiliary Surgery, Gall Stone Surgery, Hernia Surgery and Surgery for Groin Pain.
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