Can laparoscopic surgery treat golf ball size gallstone?

Yes, laparoscopic surgery is the only advanced surgical method that can be leveraged to treat gallstones of any size. Whether it is a single gallstone or hundreds of tiny gallstones, whether the gallstone is as small as a grain or as big as a golf ball, laparoscopic surgery, also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy can help a patient get rid of the gallstone symptoms without any complications.


What happens in laparoscopic gallstone surgery?


In laparoscopic gallstone surgery, the surgeon removes the gallstones or the gallbladder (if needed) by making tiny incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates the abdomen with carbon dioxide or air in order to get a clear view of the abdomen.

Through one of the incisions, the surgeon enters a laparoscope with a tiny camera attached to it. The video and the images that the camera records guide the surgeon in  getting a better view of the gallstones or the affected gallbladder and understand where and how to insert the surgical instruments. The surgery is carried out under the influence of general anaesthesia, the effect of which lasts for at least the next 3 hours. 


Depending upon the severity of your condition, the surgeon may either remove the gallstones or decide to remove the entire gallbladder, to prevent any potential complications. Once the removal of the gallstones is over, the surgeon stitches up and bandages the incisions. The patient is then shifted to a room where his or her vital signs are closely monitored.


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a gold standard surgical treatment for gallstones which is successful in almost 96% of the cases. A golf size gallstone or a gallstone of over 5 cm is very rare to occur. It is likely that a patient who has started to get the symptoms of gallstones would face problems like intensifying abdomen pain and nausea and vomiting from the initial stage.


Gallstone size and health complications


Gallstone and gallbladder disease may exhibit almost the same symptoms. So when a person starts experiencing gallstone pain, they are usually referred to undergo imaging tests  to confirm the condition. The imaging tests are the only way to confirm the size of the gallstone and decide the best treatment for it.


Some facts related to gallstones and its treatment- 


1. A gallstone that is the size of a golf ball is unlikely to get passed on to the bile duct. But, a large size gallstone can cause complications of jaundice and pancreatitis.


2. Mid and big size gallstones that are not treated in time can lead to gallbladder cancer. In that case, the gallbladder may inflate causing a severe problem for the patient indigestion.


3. Whether the gallstone  is symptomatic or asymptomatic, its size can cause more complications than what can be thought of. Regardless of the size, if the gallstones create trouble in the normal functioning of the gallbladder, the surgeon can remove the organ.


There is no normal size when it comes to a gallstone. It is also not necessary that gallstone of every size cause the same symptoms. 


What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery for treating golf ball size gallstones?


Almost 95% of patients who have undergone laparoscopic surgery for gallstones in Gurgaon have reported quick and painless recovery after the surgery. The universal benefits of  the surgical process include;


  • Excellent and precise surgical outcomes

  • Patients usually have nil to very minimal post-operative pain.

  • Early recovery with minimal discomfort

  • Faster recovery compared to patients undergoing open gallbladder surgery

  • No long downtime and the patient can resume normal activities early


What to expect after laparoscopic surgery for gallstones?


Irrespective of the size, surgery for gallstones can be done on an outpatient basis, or the patient may be required to stay at the hospital for the next 2-3 days.


Most people can return home after the effect of the anaesthesia wears off and if the person shows no complications. The patient can resume normal work life in the next 5-7 days. There are no special diet restrictions of instructions that the patient needs to follow, except that he or she should refrain from eating any spicy or deep-fried foods.


The gallbladder is not an essential organ, which means a person will have no major problem living without a gallbladder. But since every case is different, what would suit best for the individual can only be decided after a thorough diagnosis and evaluation by a doctor, preferably a gastroenterologist or a general surgeon. 


In case you are facing gallstones trouble, you can get consulted and discuss your condition with one of the best general surgeons of Pristyn Care.