Gallstones Surgery & Removal Operation Sydney

General Info

What is Gallstone Surgery/Removal?

The cholecystectomy is performed under general anesthesia where the anesthesia is administered through a vein in your arm. In the case of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the surgeon will make four small incisions in the abdomen and insert a laparoscope into the abdomen through one of them.

The laparoscope is a small, thin tube that is connected to a video monitor. Your surgeon performs the operation while using the video monitor as a guide, and inserts surgical tools through the other incisions to remove the gallbladder.

Once the gallbladder is removed, your surgeon will perform an imaging test like an X-ray or ultrasound to find out if there are any other possible gallstones or problems in the bile duct.

The incisions are then sutured, and you are moved to the recovery area. All this is done within one or two hours.

How long does it take to recover from gall bladder surgery?

Following gallbladder surgery, Sydney patients typically recover in between two and eight weeks.

What are the side effects of having your gallbladder removed?

After a gallstone removal, Sydney patients may experience one or more of the following side effects:

  • Issues with fat digestion
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Diarrhoea

Speak with our trusted team to learn more about what you can expect following gallbladder surgery and other bariatric procedures.

Is having your gallbladder removed a major surgery?

Gallbladder removal surgery is a common procedure in Sydney, NSW, and carries a small number of risks and complications. That being said, all surgeries should be taken seriously. Only work with health professionals at a reputable practice – read about us or book a consultation to find out more.

What should you expect after gallbladder surgery?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at our practice. After gallbladder surgery, expect to feel a little weak and under the weather. Rest as much as possible and avoid physical exertion, especially heavy lifting.

Can I eat pasta after gallbladder surgery?

A top tip to aid in the comfort of your gallbladder surgery is to avoid high-fat, greasy, overly processed, and sugary foods. Pasta is a processed food; however, if it doesn’t cause uneasiness, you can eat it. For more tips and advice, visit our blog.

Does your back hurt after gallbladder surgery?

Feeling weak and tired is normal after a gallbladder operation in Sydney. Back pain may be present but should subside during your recovery.

Is it hard to breathe after gallbladder surgery?

Because gallbladder surgery is an abdominal procedure, you may experience some difficulty or pain breathing in and out deeply or with force.

How long after gallbladder surgery can I drive?

After gallbladder removal surgery, Sydney patients can typically drive again after four to eight weeks.

Can having your gallbladder removed make you gain weight?

Gallbladder surgery can lead to fluctuations in weight. If this is a concern, book a consultation and let our team know.

What does a gallstone attack feel like?

Symptoms of a gallstone attack include the following:

  • Dull, sharp, or cramping pain in the upper right side or middle of the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice

What is it?

Traditional or open cholecystectomy

In the case of traditional or open cholecystectomy, your surgeon makes a single, 6-inch incision in the abdomen below your ribs, on the right side. Your surgeon pulls back the muscle and tissue to reach the liver and gallbladder, and remove it. The incision is then sutured and you are shifted to the recovery area within one to two hours.

Do I need it?

Do I Need Gallstone Surgery/Removal?

There are various advantages of a laparoscopic procedure over a traditional cholecystectomy.

· There is less pain involved as smaller incisions are made which heal quickly.

· The hospital stay is short, spanning a few hours as the healing process is quicker with small incisions.

· Recovery is faster as smaller incisions are made, and there’s no need of cutting abdominal muscles like in an open surgery.

· Instead of ending up with a single, 5-7inch incision scar on your abdomen, you have 4 small incisions which leave minute scars upon healing.

· You can normally return home on the same day, and quickly return to your normal activities within 7 days. This is unlike open cholecystectomy where you have to stay in the hospital for about five days till the large scar heals, and can return to normal activities only after four to six weeks.

However laparoscopic cholecystectomy isn’t meant for everyone. There are some cases where the surgeon may start with a laparoscopic surgery, but later learn that it’s necessary to make a single, large incision because of some complications, infections or scarring from previous operations. Your surgeon is the person who knows best and will be able to decide which surgical procedure is better for you.


Enquire Now