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Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain , internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For example, when someone is experiencing a heart attack, the left arm may ache. Nothing is wrong with the arm, but this limb hurts because the heart is referring pain to it. The neck, mid-back and low back are also potential targets for referred pain. Here are two examples when "back pain" has nothing to do with spinal problems.
Gallbladder : The gallbladder is a small organ tucked up near the liver that helps with digestion. Within this internal organ problems can arise like a blockage from a stone, an infection, or just an inflamed gallbladder attack. Sometimes the symptoms clearly point to a problem with the gallbladder. These classic symptoms include right upper quadrant abdominal pain just underneath the right chest wall, nausea, gas, ...
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...
Cancer of the gallbladder is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. Cholangiocarcinoma is an adenocarcinoma (carcinoma derived from glandular tissue or in which the tumor cells form recognizable glandular structures) arising from the epithelium (cellular lining) of the intrahepatic (within the liver) bile ducts. The majority of gallbladder tumors are found in glandular tissue within the gallbladder (adenocarcinoma). Others originate in the connective tissue (sarcoma) or other tissues (squamous carcinoma). The management for all gallbladder cancer types is the same, always depending upon the extent of the tumor at the time of diagnosis. Cancer of the gallbladder is more common in women than in men. It also is more common in people who have had clusters of material in their gallbladder ( gallstones ). Cancer of the gallbladder is hard to diagnose because the gallbla...
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