Gallbladder Surgery Specialist

Association Of South Bay Surgeons -  - General Surgeon

Association Of South Bay Surgeons

General Surgeons & Breast Cancer Surgeons located in Torrance, CA and San Pedro, CA

Gallbladder surgery may be needed when a patient has inflammation or stones within the gallbladder, resulting in serious pain. The Association of South Bay Surgeons in Torrance, California and San Pedro, CA has expert surgeons who perform gall bladder removal for patient relief. Call the offices today to learn more about this procedure.

Gallbladder Surgery Q & A

Gallstones form in the gallbladder and occur from fluid which harden forming deposits. This fluid is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small storage organ sitting beneath the liver.

There may only be one gallstone or many gallstones of different sizes. Many people have gallstones and do not experience any symptoms. However, people who do have symptoms usually require removal of the gallbladder to prevent any further serious health problems.

What are the symptoms from gallstones

  1. Sudden onset of right upper side or middle upper abdominal pain. This usually occurs after eating. Especially after a fatty meal. The pain can last minutes to several hours.
  2. Nausea and vomiting

What’s the treatment for gallstones.  

Surgical removal of the gallbladder is the only effective way to treat gallstone disease.

How is gallbladder surgery done?

Gallbladder surgery is done by laparoscopic (keyhole) technique with small incisions and a video camera. Surgery takes about 45 minutes and is a same day surgery. No overnight stay is needed for most cases.

What’s the recovery from gallbladder surgery?

Patients usually return home 2-3 hours after surgery. Most patients have mild surgery incision site pain and muscle discomfort lasting 2-3 days and usually resume full physical activity within 2 weeks.