Gallstones (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy or Gall Bladder/Gall Stone Removal)
Gallstones are common causes of abdominal pain. Patients usually present with quite severe upper abdominal pain. Many times, the pain is mistaken for ‘gastric pain’ and treated as such. However, in recurrent ‘gastric pain’ especially if it is severe, one must always suspect that the pain may be due to gall stones. With this suspicion, further investigations like an ultrasound of the gall bladder, are performed, and then the actual cause of pain become apparent. It is not uncommon to see patients who have experienced a long history of being treated as ‘gastric pain’ actually having gallstones. The treatment of symptomatic Gallstones is by surgery.
The surgery performed is a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, which is removal of the Gallbladder and stones via ‘key-hole’ surgery. A few tiny incisions are all that are required to perform the surgery. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Key-hole surgery to remove the Gall Bladder and gallstones are very common procedures. They can usually be performed with a 1-night stay in hospital. Patients are usually mobile soon after surgery.
Many patients lead a normal life after removal of the gall bladder. However, in some patients, one of the issues they face after removal of the Gall bladder is abdominal bloatedness and sometimes loose stools after eating fatty foods. These symptoms usually can be mitigated with dietary control and many patients can lead normal lives.
Medical expenses are a concern for many patients. It can, sometimes, be overwhelming to deal with the various health insurances, especially if this is your first encounter. Our staff will assist you with the administrative part of your insurance, as far as possible. Dr Teoh is on the panel for the following Integrated Shield Plans : NTUC, AIA, Great Eastern (GE), Singlife (Aviva), AXA. We are also willing to assist with any other insurer, Local or International.Read More