The gallbladder is an organ of the digestive system and is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its function is to store and release a digestive enzyme produced in the liver called bile. The primary reason people need gallbladder surgery is due to the development of gallstones, or hard masses composed of bile salts/cholesterol forming within the gallbladder. Patients with gallstones may develop symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, and fever. More serious symptoms may occur if the gallstones cause severe inflammation of the gallbladder, blockage of bile ducts, and inflammation of the pancreas. Gallstones are typically diagnosed by an ultrasound of the abdomen.
Dr. Ngo has performed over a thousand minimally invasive gallbladder surgeries in his career. Using a surgical camera (laparoscope) and the latest surgical instrumentation, Dr. Ngo is able to remove a gallbladder through several small incisions. The procedure typically lasts 30-45 minutes and the vast majority of patients are able to go home the same day. Patients are usually fully recovered within 2-3 weeks and have no restrictions in their diet or activities.