Open gallbladder removal is surgery to remove the gallbladder.
Cholecystectomy - open
In gallbladder removal surgery, a surgeon makes a large incision (cut) in your belly to open it up and see the area. The surgeon then removes your gallbladder by reaching in through the incision and gently lifting it out.
Surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and unable to feel pain).
The surgeon will make a 5 to 7 inch incision in the upper right part of your belly, just below your ribs. The surgeon will cut the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to the gallbladder. Then your gallbladder will be removed.
A special x-ray called a cholangiogram will be done during the surgery. This involves squirting some dye into your common bile duct. This duct will be left inside you after your gallbladder has been removed. The dye helps locate other stones that may be outside your gallbladder. If any...
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Gallstone fragmentation by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) may be an appropriate therapy for some patients who cannot undergo surgery, but it is no longer widely used. The treatment works best on solitary stones that are less than 2 centimeters in diameter. Less than 15% of patients are good candidates for lithotripsy. The typical procedure is performed as follows: The patient sits in a tub of water. High-energy, ultrasound shock waves are directed through the abdominal wall toward the stones. The shock waves travel through the soft tissues of the body and break up the stones. The stone fragments are then usually small enough to be passed through the bile duct and into the intestines. Lithotripsy is generally combined with oral dissolution treatment to help dissolve the fragmented pieces of the original gallstone. Complications. Complications include pain in the gallbladder area and pancreatitis, usually occurring within a month of treatment...
I am a Registered Nurse who has suffered from migraines for decades. I also have a strong family history of first degree relatives who are also affected. My question is this: what is the relationship, if any, between migraine headaches and the vagus nerve and gallbladder? I have been seeing a Japanese accupuncturist who believes there is a relationship and is using various herbs/preparations to increase gallbladder function. He believes this will improve or even "cure" my migraines. Thank you, Shari.
Your accupuncturist may have a great thought on preventing Migraine as many GI problems are related strongly to migraines. The data on gall bladder disease is not so compelling thus far.
On the other hand, please remember that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease for which, at this time, there is no cure. Don't get me wrong - Migraine prevention is desirable, but claims of a "cure" can't be supported.
Good luck, Joh...
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