Dangers Associated With Gallbladder Removal

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, hollow digestive organ, which is situated under the liver. There are more than 12 million people who have undergone gallbladder removal surgery every year, according to medical journals. The need for gallbladder removal may sometimes be imperative; but not always. Some may sooner or later develop and experience symptoms or some may just go on with their lives without experiencing symptoms of gallstones. Unfortunately for some people, they may experience discomfort that gets worse when they are under stress or when they eat the wrong foods. In this case, you may need to go under the knife to remove the gallstones.

The surgery aims to remove the gallstones and inhibit potential development of gallbladder cancer. Despite being essentially fast and safe procedure, gallbladder removal surgery has a small risk of complications.


  • Infection. Infection can occur in about one in 15 gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomies). The use of antibiotics can treat infection in patients.
  • Leak of bile from the bile duct. The risk of bile leaking from the bile duct occurs in one in 100 cases. When the gallbladder is removed, special clips are used to seal the tube that connects the gallbladder to the main bile duct, draining the liver.
  • Bleeding. Two percent of the patient may experience bleeding problems after surgery. Anti-clotting drugs and cholangitis can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder). When the outlet of the gallbladder is stuck with stone, acute cholecystitis may occur. First there is a chemical reaction of the bile literally starting to digest the gallbladder causing inflammation and unremitting pain. Bacteria can easily penetrate in gallbladder, which may result to gangrene of the gallbladder.


Robotic surgery is a laparascopic procedure which is a breakthrough treatment for gallbladder stone removal and cancer, which has slight problems and offers faster recovery compared to traditional surgeries. Intuitive Surgical representatives will attend a school event in New York wherein students will have the chance to sit behind the robotic console and view the robotic surgical procedure.











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