Mr John Keating - Wellington General & Colorectal Surgeon
Liver & Biliary System Disorders - Including Gallstones
General surgery covers some disorders of the liver and biliary system. The most common of these is pain caused by gallstones - hardened pieces of stone-like material varying in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. These are formed if the gallbladder is not working properly and can cause abdominal pain, fever and vomiting if they block the movement of bile into or out of the gallbladder.
The standard treatment is to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). This procedure is usually performed using a laparoscopic (keyhole) approach.
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. A laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal cavity at the level of the tummy button. Surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions and the gallbladder removed.