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Cholecystectomy - Gallbladder Surgery

Dr. Jose Erbella performs gallbladder surgery to treat symptomatic gallstones for patients in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Gulf Coast Florida area.



The gallbladder is a small organ that stores bile made by the liver until it is used by the body to digest fat. Although the gallbladder is used to store bile, it is not necessary for healthy living. If a gallbladder is removed, bile will simply pass directly from the liver into the small intestine.



In some cases, the bile in the gallbladder can harden before it is released into the digestive system. This produces gallstones, hardened pieces of bile that can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. Gallstones can block the ducts where bile moves from the gallbladder to the small intestine, which can result in infection, inflammation and severe pain.


Most people who have gallstones never develop symptoms and will not require treatment. However, some people can experience severe pain or acute infections of the gallbladder or pancreas. People who experience symptoms of gallstones should be treated with gallbladder surgery.



In most cases, Dr. Erbella treats gallstones by performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that removes the entire gallbladder, an organ that is not necessary for normal function.


During laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, a few small incisions are made in the abdomen and a lighted video camera and specialized surgical instruments are inserted. Using these specialized tools, the gallbladder can be removed through one of the small incisions.


Gallbladder surgery is typically using general anesthesia and lasts about 30 to 60 minutes. Patients can usually return to normal activities the week after surgery.

Manatee Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building

250 2nd Street East, Suite 1A

Bradenton, FL 34208

Phone: (941) 896-4788 | Fax: (941) 896-4791