Procedures - Gallstones
In general the treatment
for gallstones and the complications that they cause will
be a laparoscopic operation to remove the gallbladder. At
the time of surgery a special contrast agent is injected into
the bile duct and an x-ray is taken to ensure that no stones
are present in the ducts and to ensure that the bile ducts
have not been injured during the surgery.
Gallbladder surgery is usually straightforward.
Most operations are done laparoscopically and most patients
will be discharge from hospital on the first post operative
day. Complications can occur and these include infection,
bleeding, bile leak, conversion to open surgery and common
bile duct injury. Dr Finch will cover these issues during
the pre-operative consultation.