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DID YOU KNOW Gallstones is the most common disease which Can lead to severe complications if left untreated?
Dr Jaideep Raj Rao has over 25 years experience in performing gall bladder surgery
Experienced & internationally trained in Korea
Senior Consultant & Head of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for 10 years
Honorary international member of the Korean laparoscopic gastric cancer surgery society.
Various treatment options specialising in minimal access surgery and Robotic surgery
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How are gallstones treated ?
Removal of the gallbladder is usually the best way to treat gall bladder problems. You might get some relief from changing your diet. For example, eating less fat can help. But gallstones rarely go away on their own.
You might have heard about treatments to break up gallstones or make them melt away (dissolve). Unfortunately, these do not usually work well.
What are the advantages of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery?
Smaller incision – Surgery is done by insertion of small ports of 5mm size which cause minimal pain and discomfort.
Less pain than after open surgery.
Quicker recovery than open surgery – You might go home the same day you have your surgery. You can also go back to regular activities more quickly.
Is laparoscopic gallbladder removal for you?
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is recommended if you have:
Gallbladder polyps . Gall bladder polyps can lead to cancer
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
You will have general anesthesia for your laparoscopic gallbladder removal. This means you are asleep during surgery. When surgery is finished, the surgeon closes your incisions with tiny stitches, staples, surgical tape or glue. These disappear as you heal, so the doctor does not need to remove them later.
What To expect after gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy)
You can probably go home the day you have your surgery, or you might stay in the hospital overnight. You need to be able to drink liquids before you go home
You will feel some pain after surgery. Pain at the incision sites and in your abdomen is common. You might also have pain in your shoulders. This is from the air put into your abdomen during the operation. The shoulder pain should go away in 24 to 48 hours.
You should be as active as your body allows. Doctors recommend walking. You can go up and down stairs on the day of your surgery. You can expect to feel a little better each day after going home. If not, please call your doctor. You can probably go back to normal activity about a week after laparoscopic gallbladder removal.
ABOUT DR JAIDEEP RAJ RAO
MMed (Master of Medicine, National University of Singapore)
MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)
FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)
FAMS (Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore)
Dr Jaideep Raj Rao is a senior consultant Surgeon at JR SURGERY in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital who specialises in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastric, Oesophageal and pancreatic cancer surgery. He was awarded the National Healthcare Human Manpower Development program fellowship by Ministry of Health in 2007 and trained in Seoul National University and Bundang hospital in Korea and specialises in Stomach preservation Surgeries using Minimal Access Techniques such as Laparoscopic and Robot Assisted. He is involved in multiple stomach cancer surgery research both in Korea and Singapore
Frequently asked questions
What causes gallbladder problems?
Gallstones are often the cause. These small, hard deposits form in the gallbladder. They can also get into the bile duct, which connects the gallbladder with your intestines.
Are a woman
Have had children
or Are over 40.
What are the symptoms gallbladder problems?
- Sharp pain in your abdomen
Nausea and vomiting
Yellow skin – Jaundice is the medical term for skin and eyes that look yellow. You might get jaundice if gallstones block your bile duct.
How are gallbladder problems diagnosed?
The most common investigation for detecting gall bladder issues is Ultrasound. This can detect gall bladder and liver pathologies easily and is used as a screening test. For better delineation, doctors may recommend a CT scan or MRCP which can detect bile duct pathologies better