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    Gallbladder Surgery

    For the Treatment of Cholecystitis in Torrance

    Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Cholecystectomy) Overview

    Gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ that sits under the liver. It collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced in the liver. Your doctor may require gallbladder removal surgery if gallstones cause severe pain and other complications. A cholecystectomy is a common procedure and patients usually go home the same day.

    Why You Might Need a Cholecystectomy?

    Gallbladder surgery is required if you have:

    • Inflamed gallbladder
    • Pancreas inflammation caused by gallstones
    • Gallstones in the gallbladder
    • Gallstones in the bile duct

    Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a technique that uses four small incisions in your abdomen to remove your gallbladder. A laparoscope, a narrow tube with a camera is used during the procedure to allow your surgeon to see your gallbladder. This minimally-invasive procedure allows the patient to recover quicker and have less scarring after the surgery. Dr. Ramin Roohipour is highly-experienced with laparoscopic cholecystectomy. He has performed thousands of successful laparoscopic gallbladder surgery procedures for patients in Torrance and surrounding areas.

    What are the advantages of laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

    The advantages of laparoscopic cholecystectomy include:

    • Smaller incision – During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, your surgeon makes 4 small incisions in your abdomen while open surgery requires a 6-inch incision.
    • Faster recovery than traditional cholecystectomy –  Given the minimally-invasive nature of the procedure, you may be able to go back to your normal activities 7-10 days after the surgery.
    • Shorter hospital stay – You may have go home the same day as your surgery or you may stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days.

    How should I prepare for laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

    • Your surgeon may give you the following instructions to prepare for your surgery:
    • Take a laxative to empty your colon.
    • Stop taking certain medications. Your doctor will let you know which medications you can or cannot take before your surgery.
    • Avoid eating or drinking the night before your surgery. 
    • Shower using an antibacterial soap given to you by your doctor.

    How is laparoscopic cholecystectomy done?

    The procedure is done under general anesthesia which means you will be asleep during surgery. Once you are asleep, the surgeon will make four small incisions on your abdomen. A tiny camera will be inserted through one of the incisions. Your surgeon uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting small tools through the other incisions to carefully remove your gallbladder. The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.

    What should I expect after the gallbladder surgery?

    You may be able to go home the same day as your surgery or stay in the hospital overnight. You will be allowed to go home once you are able to eat and drink without pain and walk without assistance. It takes about a week to fully recover.

    Get in Touch With An Expert Gallbladder Surgeon in Torrance

    If you need gallbladder surgery, call Torrance Surgical Alliance at (310) 326-3076 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Torrance, Hawthorne, El Segundo and surrounding areas.

    Meet Your Cholecystectomy Surgeon

    Ramin M. Roohipour, MD, FACS, FASMBS

    Dr. Ramin Roohipour is a board certified general surgeon who is fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive, Metabolic & Endocrine Surgery.

    • General Surgery Residency: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center
    • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Metabolic Surgery: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Colorectal Clinical Research Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Florida and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    • Board-certified by American Board of Surgery
    • Member of American College of Surgeons (ACS)
    • Member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
    • Member of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS)
    • Member of American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What complications can occur after gallbladder surgery?2018-06-23T05:44:21+00:00

    A cholecystectomy carries a small risk of complications including but not limited to:

    • Bile leak
    • Bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Heart problems
    • Infection
    • Injury to nearby structures, such as the bile duct, liver and small intestine
    • Pancreatitis
    • Pneumonia
    Can I drive after having your gallbladder removed?2018-06-23T05:43:35+00:00

    You may be able to drive after 2 or 3 days if you are not taking strong pain drugs (narcotics). You may lift 15 pounds (7 kilograms) or less. DO NOT do any heavy lifting or straining for the first 1 to 2 weeks. You may be able to go back to a desk job within a week.

    How long does it take to recover from a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?2018-06-23T05:43:20+00:00

    Most people who have keyhole surgery are able to leave hospital on the same day as the operation. It will usually take around two weeks to return to your normal activities. After open surgery, you’ll usually have to stay in hospital for three to five days and your recovery time will be longer.

    What is laparoscopic cholecystectomy?2018-06-23T05:43:05+00:00

    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed through several small incisions. The laparoscope, a small thin tube, is put into the abdomen through a tiny cut made just below the navel.

    What is the surgical treatment of cholecystitis?2018-06-23T05:42:19+00:00

    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the standard of care for the surgical treatment o fcholecystitis. The ACR 2010 criteria state that laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the primary mode of treatment for acute cholecystitis.

    How does the removal of the gallbladder affect a person?2018-06-23T05:41:39+00:00

    Bile is important because it helps with the digestion of fat and its transfer from the intestine into the body. When the gallbladder is removed, bile made by the liver can no longer be stored between meals. Instead, the bile flows directly into the intestine anytime the liver produces it.

    Can I live without a gallbladder?2018-06-24T04:10:36+00:00

    Your gallbladder is an organ you can live without. In the first few weeks after your surgery, your doctor probably will recommend that you eat a mostly low-fat diet while your body adjusts to living without a gallbladder.

    What are the possible complications of cholecystitis?2018-06-23T05:40:07+00:00

    Untreated, cholecystitis may lead to any of the following health problems:

    • Empyema (pus in the gallbladder)
    • Gangrene
    • Injury to the bile ducts draining the liver (may occur after gallbladder surgery)
    • Pancreatitis
    • Perforation
    • Peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdomen)
    How is cholecystitis diagnosed?2018-06-24T04:08:42+00:00

    Tests and procedures used to diagnose cholecystitis include:

    • Blood tests: Your doctor may order blood tests to look for signs of an infection or signs of gallbladder problems.
    • Imaging tests that show your gallbladder.
    What foods can trigger a gallbladder attack?2018-06-23T05:38:49+00:00
    • Eggs (Research showed that eggs caused symptoms in up to 95% of patients. Try substituting flax seed gel in recipes that require eggs for the “glue”.
    • Pork
    • Onions
    • Fowl (turkey, chicken)
    • Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, butter)
    • Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc.)
    • Beans and legumes
    • Oranges, grapefruit
    What is the main cause of cholecystitis?2018-06-23T05:36:51+00:00

    The main cause of cholecystitis is gallstones or biliary sludge getting trapped at the gallbladder’s opening. This is sometimes called a pseudolith, or “fake stone.” Other causes include: injury to the abdomen from burns, sepsis or trauma, or because of surgery.

    Where would I have pain when I have cholecystitis?2018-06-23T05:34:47+00:00

    Signs and symptoms of cholecystitis may include:

    • Severe pain in your upper right or center abdomen.
    • Pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back.
    • Tenderness over your abdomen when it’s touched.
    What should I eat to have a healthy gallbladder?2018-06-23T05:35:33+00:00

    For a healthy gallbladder, incorporate the following foods into your diet:

    • bell peppers
    • citrus fruits
    • dark, leafy greens
    • tomatoes
    • milk
    • sardines
    • fish and shellfish
    • low-fat dairy
    Is cholecystitis serious?2018-06-24T04:07:12+00:00

    Without appropriate treatment, acute cholecystitis can sometimes lead to potentially life-threatening complications. The main complications of acute cholecystitis is the death of gallbladder tissue (gangrenous cholecystitis), which can cause a serious infection that spreads throughout the body.

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    Award-winning Physician

    Dr. Roohipour is board-certified & fellowship-trained specialist with years of experience in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

    Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery

    Torrance Surgical Alliance is the pioneer of robotic & Laparoscopic bariatric surgery in South Bay.

    Fast Recovery

    We ensure the best outcome is met the quickest recovery without compromising the safety.

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    We accept most PPO insurances. We also collaborate with several health financial services if you are not insured. Learn More.

    Torrance Surgical Alliance

    21250 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 430
    Torrance, CA 90503 (map)

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