Gallstones are one of the most common abdominal problems in Australia. This is the main indication to remove a gallbladder, especially if the stones are causing symptoms. Gallstones can cause severe pain and infections. Less commonly gallstones can cause jaundice or even life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas.
The only guaranteed method of preventing further attack of gallstone pain is to remove the gallbladder.
Less commonly, the gallbladder will be removed for polyps or cancer.
Of all laparoscopic surgical procedures, cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is the most well recognised and widely practiced of all general surgical procedures performed in australia. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is also the most effective and accepted method of managing symptomatic gallstone disease (gallstones causing pain and infection). Dr Girardi has routinely performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy with a standard 4-port technique using 5mm incisions and has performed well over 1000 of these procedures. The main benefit of this minimally invasive procedure, as mentioned is less pain, faster recovery and better view of the anatomical structures which join the gallbladder to the liver and gut. The technique therefore minimises damage to those important structures and avoids complications. There is relatively little pain compared to traditional abdominal surgery. As a result, the recovery time is much quicker.
Armed with an extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery, Dr Girardi is pleased to be able to offer his patients his exceptional expertise.
Risks & Complications
Whilst laparoscopic surgery is considered a safe, low risk operation, like all surgical procedures there are a few complications that may occur. It must be stressed these complications are rare and Dr Girardi has a proven track record of a very low rate of complications. Almost all of the quoted complications have never even occurred in Dr Girardi's personal operative experience of over 1000 procedures. Nonetheless Dr Girardi deals with complications when they occur on a patient-by-patient basis, quickly and personally with a caring and professional approach.
Some of the rare complications that may occur include: