Gallstones are small, rock-like deposits that can form inside a person’s gallbladder. Many California people suffering from gallstones eventually require gallbladder surgery. Luckily, thanks to modern technological advancements, gallbladder surgery in California is not as invasive and risky as it used to be. Today gallbladder surgery is performed laparoscopically, so the only reminder post-operation is a small incision scar near the belly button. Dr. George Mutafyan M.D. is a specialist in surgeries involving the digestive system. Dr. George Mutafyan has performed thousands of stomach, intestinal, esophageal and gallstones surgeries on patients with outstanding recovery results. Though it might be scary to learn your need to have your gallbladder or gallstones removed, studies have shown that gallbladder surgery has no effect on our California patients’ digestion following surgery. Most commonly gallbladder surgery is a safe, quick outpatient procedure that can be done in our office, and patients can go home shortly after surgery to rest and recover.
SYMPTOMS – Once a patient experiences the first episode of symptoms, the chance of having further and more severe symptoms becomes more likely, indicating a need for treatment.
It is characterized by episodic attacks of abdominal pain, which is most often located in the right upper abdomen just under the margin of the ribs but can also be felt in the back and right shoulder. Other associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and intolerance to fatty foods.
INTRODUCTION – This year more than one million Americans will discover that they have gallstones (cholelithiasis), joining about 25 million who already have the disorder. The development of gallstones is a common digestive disease.
THE GALLBLADDER – The gallbladder is a pear-shaped sac-like muscular organ that is approximately 3 to 6 inches long, located in the right upper side of the abdomen just underneath the liver. It connects with the liver and intestine through small tubes called the bile ducts. The primary purpose of the gallbladder is to store and concentrate bile.
Bile is a water-based fluid that contains bile salts, cholesterol, and other fatty substances (lipids), as well as waste products, such as bilirubin, a pigment that gives bile its distinctive color.
GALLSTONES – Gallstones are lumps of rock-like material that form inside the gallbladder. Cholesterol or other bile components may “precipitate” or settle out from liquid bile in the form of crystals that would then clump together, leading to stones.
Recurrent billiary pain and cystic duct blockages can progress to total obstruction, causing acute inflammation of the gallbladder, which is marked by having fever in addition to other symptoms.
Surgical removal of the gallbladder is usually recommended during the hospitalization or shortly there
Dr. George Mutafyan
Master of Dentistry