Gallbladder Surgery

Professor Lord performs laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole removal of the gallbladder).

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually performed because gallstones have formed in the gallbladder causing symptoms such as upper-abdominal pain or nausea with or without vomiting. It is important to note that many patients have gallstones which are not causing symptoms, in which case cholecystectomy is usually not required. Professor Lord will review your symptom history and x-rays to decide if surgery is indicated. Please bring any x-rays that you may have, such as an upper-abdominal ultrasound, with you for your consultation.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually combined with an intraoperative cholangiogram, an x-ray to outline the bile ducts.