Thursday, July 26, 2007

Open Cholecystectomy

Over the past week I have observed many, many operations, some of which have been previously blogged before. One operation that hasn't been blogged is Cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of a gallbladder. This procedure is typically necessary when there are gallstones occluding the gallbladder duct/cystic duct or severe inflammation of the gallbladder(cholecystitis). These gallstone could potentially cause the gallbladder to swell and ultimately rupture. Some of the symptoms including sharp abdominal pain and nausea. For the case that I observed, gallbladder was severely inflamed and was suspected to be cancerous which necessitated an open cholecystectomy instead of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Laparascopic Cholecystectomy


So it turns out that a gallbladder can be removed and one can lead completely normal life without one, but under diets with less fat. This is because the primary function of a gallbladder is to store bile( for fat emulsification ) secreted in the liver. Having an inflamed gallbladder adds risks to liver inflammation and inflammation to other adjacent organs such as the pancreas.


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