A/Prof. James Lee is highly experienced in all types of General surgeries including gallbladder procedures. A/Prof. Lee’s gallbladder procedures include:
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of the abdomen. Its function is to store bile which helps break down food in your small intestine.
You might require gallbladder surgery if the following occurs:
The main cause of gallbladder issues is gallstones. Gallstones are hardened deposits of the digestive fluid that can form if your gallbladder fails to empty properly, or if your fluid levels become too concentrated. Gallstones can range in size varying from pea size to golf ball size.
A/Prof. James Lee offers the following gallbladder treatments:
A/Prof. James Lee will assess your situation to determine whether you might require gallbladder surgery.
This procedure is done under general anaesthetic and is minimally invasive. This procedure involves 4 small incisions in your abdomen for insertion of a telescope and surgical instruments.
The gallbladder is removed along with all the gallstones in it. The surgery typically takes 1 – 2 hours.
Typically, patients can return home within 24 hours of the procedure. You will get back to feeling normal quickly following the procedure, but avoid strenuous activity for up to two weeks.
This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and lasts about 1-2 hours. This procedure involves one larger incision in the abdomen where the surgeon can easily access and remove the gallbladder. Then, the incision is closed with stitches.
You may be required to have a short stay in the hospital following the procedure to fully recover as open procedures are more invasive than laparoscopic procedures.
Acute cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder that is caused by a gallstone obstructing a duct. Treatment of cholecystitis depends on the severity of the condition and will be assessed by A/Prof. James Lee on what approach to take. If you are suffering from cholecystitis, book in for a consultation with A/Prof. Lee.
If you require any type of gallbladder surgery, A/Prof. James Lee ensures to provide his patients with the most education and communication possible throughout the course of the journey. If you have any questions or concerns regarding surgery, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.