The only curative treatment for gallbladder disease is surgical removal of the gallbladder. At Laparoscopic Surgery NW in Tacoma, Washington, board-certified general and laparoscopic surgeon, James Rifenbery, MD, FACS, utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to perform gallbladder surgery, including single-site robotic surgery, so you get the best possible results. To schedule a consultation to discuss your gallbladder surgery options, call the office, or request an appointment online today.
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located on the underside of your liver in the upper portion of your abdomen. Its primary function is to store bile, which is a substance that helps digest fat in food.
Bile is made in your liver and sent to your gallbladder through ducts referred to as bile ducts. After you eat foods high in fat, your gallbladder contracts, and forces the bile through ducts into your small intestines to support digestion.
You may experience gallbladder problems if the bile ducts get blocked. Gallstones (hardened bile) are the most common cause of the blockage, which leads to gallbladder disease. An infected, inflamed, or malfunctioning gallbladder can also cause gallbladder problems or disease.
Gallbladder disease can lead to many digestive symptoms. Some of the most common include:
You may experience gallbladder attacks, which causes a sharp pain in the upper right part of your abdomen that may radiate to your lower back. Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, is also a common symptom of gallbladder disease.
Surgery is the most effective treatment for gallbladder disease. When removed, your liver takes over the function of your gallbladder, and your symptoms resolve.
Dr. Rifenbery specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques and offers many advanced surgical options for the removal of your gallbladder. The techniques he uses include:
During laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, Dr. Rifenbery creates four tiny incisions in your abdomen and then fills it with carbon dioxide gas to improve visibility. He inserts a laparoscope, a thin and flexible surgical camera, through one of the incisions and specialized surgical instruments to grasp and free the gallbladder through the other incisions.
With robotic gallbladder surgery, Dr. Rifenbery performs the procedure using the da Vinci® surgical system. The advanced system performs your procedure using small surgical tools attached to robotic arms that Dr. Rifenbery controls from a surgical console. The system allows Dr. Rifenbery to perform your gallbladder surgery with ultra-precision.
Single-site robotic surgery is the most advanced surgical technique available. Using the latest technology and equipment, Dr. Rifenbery removes your diseased gallbladder through one single incision that he makes through your belly button.
Dr. Rifenbery determines the best surgical method for your gallbladder surgery after your consultation.
To learn more about the most advanced surgical methods for removing your diseased gallbladder, call Laparoscopic Surgery NW or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rifenbery today.