Minimally-Invasive Gallbladder Surgery – LewisGale Medical Center


Hello, I’m Dr. Domonique Dempah. I’m a General Surgeon
with LewisGale Physicians. My emphasis is foregut surgery, which means the upper part of the abdomen, which includes the liver, the
pancreas, and the esophagus. When we do a cholecystectomy, if the patient had symptoms
that were unenough, which is the most common
way that they present. The symptoms are not constant, but they aren’t enough, and they are bad enough that
they disturb your daily life, those would be what we
call out-patient procedure. So, the patient would get the procedure and go home the same day, when we do those
laparoscopically and robotics. Again, after discussion with the patient on which route we are going to choose some patients may benefit
better from a robotic approach with the single-site incision, which means you only have one incision around the bellybutton. Some other patient will get the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It would be three to
four little incisions. Those technique will minimize your pain and if you came in as an out-patient, then you’ll be able to
go home the same day. On the other hand, some
patients have severe gallbladder attacks
that require them to go to the emergency room department, in which case the recovery
may be a little longer. Not because of the procedure, but because they’re already
sick from the disease process. And those may spend a few
more days in the hospital. But the trauma of the surgery is minimal. After cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder, the patient is essentially
able to have a normal diet. That being said,
immediately after surgery, your body has to get used to
not having the gallbladder, and one of the main
function of the gallbladder is to break down what we
call the “fatty acids”, or the “fatty foods”. So, until your body gets used
to not having the gallbladder, which usually takes a couple of weeks, we recommend that you avoid
high-content of fat in your diet because then it can lead to some diarrhea. But past that, that period of adaptation, most patients resume a normal diet. And, frankly, most of my patients, when I see them in the office, they tell me that they usually kinda get back on a regular diet, even before those two
weeks that I recommend. (inspirational music)

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