Gallbladder Surgery

Jeffrey Bell, MD

General Surgeon & Robotic Surgery Specialist located in Fayetteville, AR

Gallbladder surgery is a standard procedure that treats gallbladder problems such as gallstones. Board-certified general surgeon Jeffrey Bell, MD, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, performs gallbladder surgery using the most advanced minimally invasive techniques to reduce your recovery time and improve your overall surgical outcome. To schedule a consultation with the experienced surgeon, call the office today.

Gallbladder Surgery

What is the gallbladder?

Your gallbladder is a small organ located in your upper abdominal area under your liver. Its primary job is to collect and store bile, which is a substance made by your liver that helps breakdown fat in your small intestines. 

When you eat fatty food, your gallbladder contracts and pushes bile into your small intestines through your common bile duct. If the bile in your gallbladder is unable to reach your small intestines due to a blockage in the common bile duct, you may experience abdominal pain. 

Gallstones are the most common cause of gallbladder problems, which develop when certain substances in your bile harden, creating small, hard deposits. 

Who needs gallbladder surgery?

Dr. Bell performs gallbladder surgery, also called cholecystectomy, to treat gallstones that cause problems, such as abdominal pain. He may also suggest surgery if you have:

  • Gallstones in your gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
  • Gallstones in your common bile duct (choledocholithiasis)
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Pancreatic inflammation due to gallstones

Unlike most other organs, you can live without your gallbladder. When removed, your liver takes over gallbladder function and secretes bile directly into your small intestines. 

How is gallbladder surgery performed?

Dr. Bell uses advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform gallbladder surgery. Surgical options include:

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

During your laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Dr. Bell uses a laparoscope, which is a lighted surgical camera, to assist with surgical removal of your gallbladder. 

During surgery, he makes a small incision in your abdomen and introduces the laparoscope. Then he makes additional small incisions to insert surgical instruments and remove your gallbladder.

Robotic cholecystectomy

Dr. Bell is a skilled surgeon and uses the innovative da Vinci® surgical system to perform your robotic cholecystectomy. 

A robotic cholecystectomy combines minimally invasive surgical techniques with robotic technology, allowing Dr. Bell to perform your routine surgery with greater precision and control.  

Traditional cholecystectomy

Though Dr. Bell prefers minimally invasive techniques, in some cases, he may perform a traditional cholecystectomy. During this surgical procedure, he makes a large incision in your abdomen to remove your gallbladder. 

How long is recovery after gallbladder surgery?

Recovery following gallbladder surgery depends on the technique used to remove the organ. Dr. Bell reviews what you can expect during your recovery at your surgical consultation to plan ahead.

In general, recovery after minimally invasive gallbladder surgery takes about a week. By comparison, you may need 4-6 weeks to recover from traditional open gallbladder surgery.

To schedule your gallbladder surgery appointment, call Dr. Bell’s office today.