This is an overview of the common gallbladder procedures performed by our team at The Surgeons Collective in Perth. We build on many years of experience in a wide range of gallbladder surgeries. That’s why we are confident that we deliver excellent surgical outcomes as well as a patient experience focusing on care, support and kindness. If you have any questions about gallstones or gallbladder removal, please contact our friendly reception team.
Gallbladder removal or cholecystectomy is a common procedure, with gallstones being one of the most frequent abdominal conditions in Australia. Gallstones can cause pain and discomfort, and occasionally they can cause an infection of the gallbladder ( cholecystitis), long term apparition of polyps or gallbladder cancer. If they migrate in the main bile duct, they can also trigger an inflammation of the pancreas which in its turn can be life-threatening. That’s why, in most cases of gallstones, your specialist doctor will discuss a cholecystectomy or a removal of the gallbladder.
The procedure can be an open surgery if you have had several abdominal operations but, in most cases, it is a keyhole surgery. Sometimes a surgery is started as a keyhole procedure (laparoscopic) and may be converted into open surgery if the crucial points of anatomy are unclear due to inflammation or adhesions in your abdomen.
Your surgeon at The Surgeons Collective in Perth will discuss your procedure in full detail and our team will make sure that you receive the best possible care, clear information and support before, during and after your gallbladder surgery.
Trans-cystic exploration of bile duct
If there is a suspicion of a gallstone being present in the main bile duct, an exploration of the main bile duct via the duct which links it to the gallbladder (cystic duct) can be used during the laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove the stone. This is why it is important to see an experienced surgeon who specialises in liver, bile duct and gallbladder procedures. Here at The Surgeons Collective in Perth, some of WA’s leading surgeons in this specialised area are part of our team and we always commit to providing excellent care, support and comfort, if you need surgery.
Open CBD exploration
An Open Common Bile Duct Exploration is the exploration of the bile duct done during open surgery. This surgery is nowadays only used for very large stones in the main bile duct which could not be removed by endoscopy. If you need surgery for stones in the bile duct, your surgeon here at The Surgeons Collective will take the time to discuss all suitable surgery options, depending on your personal situation and needs.
Gallbladder cancer surgery
Depending on the stage of the gallbladder cancer the surgery may be just the removal of the gallbladder or the removal of the gallbladder and the liver surrounding it.
Sometimes resection of the right side of the liver, the gallbladder and common bile duct is necessary. Chemo and radiotherapy may also be part of the treatment.
All those surgeries and treatments can be organised at The Surgeons Collective.
Repair of bile duct injury post cholecystectomy
Bile duct injury can occur, although rarely, after a gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). The injury may result in bile leakage and may require immediate repair after the gallbladder removal. Sometimes, the injury consequence is delayed and appears as a stricture in the duct. In both scenarios, a bile duct injury requires a specialised multi-disciplinary intervention and this is why it is important to have access to an experienced team of surgeons. Our colleagues often refer us these types of complex cases as they know our proven experience in treating these conditions successfully.