Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination and request the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:
- Blood test.
- Computed tomography.
- Hepatobiliary scintigraphy to observe the course of the bile.
Regularly, the indicated treatment is to control the inflammation, extraction of the stones, or if there is already severe dysfunction, the removal of the gallbladder or cholecystectomy by open surgery (when the gallbladder has already burst) or laparoscopy.
Although the symptoms disappear, they tend to reappear over time, so surgery will eventually be necessary.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive surgery where, with a few small abdominal incisions, the gallbladder is removed so that the bile passes directly from the liver to the small intestine instead of accumulating in the gallbladder, which does not affect the patient’s quality of life.
The time to perform the surgery should be set according to the progress of the disease and the severity of the symptoms.
Once the operative and postoperative risks have been analyzed, the cholecystectomy can be performed from 48 to 72 hours, or before, depending on the urgency.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.