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Quicker Gallbladder Surgery Available
09/10/2002

FORT WORTH, Texas — Not long ago, removing the gallbladder involved major abdominal surgery and a weeklong stay in the hospital. Today, thanks to modern medical technology, gallbladder surgery may be quicker, less invasive and less painful. In addition, patients may see a significant decrease in recovery time compared to traditional surgery.

During outpatient gallbladder surgery, the physician makes only four small incisions. Photos are sometimes taken at each step of the procedure, and the pictures are given to the patient. Patients usually return home later that afternoon and are back at work in a few days.

“Gallbladder problems are quite common,” said William R. Pettey, M.D., FACS, a physician on the medical staff at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital. “Surgery is not always required, but when it is necessary, using the laparoscopic technique to remove the gallbladder is usually preferred.”

Gallbladder attacks frequently occur after a fatty meal and often are characterized by intense pain in the upper abdomen, particularly on the right side, and sometimes radiating to the back or chest. Nausea and vomiting also are typical symptoms. See your physician or visit the emergency room for an immediate evaluation.

For more information about laparoscopic gallbladder surgery at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, call toll-free 1 (888) 4-HARRIS.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, a full-service hospital built with its patients in mind, offers comprehensive health care services, exceptional physicians, advanced technology and a steadfast commitment to quality. The personal approach to health care includes 24-hour emergency services, progressive and traditional options in maternity care, a convenient and extensive mall for outpatient services, full-service inpatient care, educational classes and a specialized Senior Health Center.

The medical staff skills and specialties range from family practice and internal medicine to obstetrics and orthopedics.

The hospital includes 85 beds and the following accreditations:

  • Licensed by the Texas Department of Health 
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations 
  • Laboratory services accredited by the College of American Pathologists 
  • Mammography services accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified for Medicare participants

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The system serves 29 counties with a population of 5.4 million. THR serves one of every five people living in these counties for inpatient hospital care. THR was formed in 1997 and is comprised of hospitals and other health services, including Harris Methodist hospitals in and near Tarrant County, Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington and Presbyterian Healthcare hospitals in Dallas, Collin and other North Texas counties.

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