Quicker Gallbladder Surgery Available|
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.
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:
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