Get relief and comprehensive care for your gallbladder at Pella Regional Health Center. You’ll work with doctors, surgeons, and a skilled surgical support team focused on your treatment and recovery.
Minimally Invasive Care
Here, you’ll find one of the few opportunities in Iowa for robot-assisted gallbladder surgery. This minimally invasive type of treatment reduces pain and recovery time, so you can get back to your everyday activities sooner.
What Is the Gallbladder?
Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. Its job is to store fluid that helps your liver make bile, which breaks down fat. Your gallbladder sends this liquid through a duct to your small intestine.
While the gallbladder is important, you can live without it.
Turn to a Pella Regional surgeon for treatment of:
- Gallbladder cancer
- Gallbladder polyps and tumors
- Gallstones, small stones made of cholesterol and bile that can block your bile ducts
- Narrowing of bile ducts, often due to infection
- Pancreatic conditions, which can impact your gallbladder and ducts
Diagnosing & Treating Your Gallbladder
Based on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend tests to determine the right treatment. Your doctor may start with imaging tests, such as an abdominal ultrasound, to take pictures of your gallbladder.
If you’re diagnosed with a gallbladder condition, your doctor may recommend:
- Antibiotics to treat infection or inflammation
- Changes to your diet
- Surgery to remove your gallbladder
Gallbladder Removal Surgery
Trust Pella Regional Health Center to provide innovative gallbladder treatment. Your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal using one of these approaches:
- Open gallbladder surgery uses a large incision to remove the gallbladder and may need several weeks of recovery time.
- Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery uses small cameras and very small incisions to remove the gallbladder, reducing recovery time significantly, to just days.
- Robot-assisted surgery uses one small incision at the belly button to remove your gallbladder, which leads to less pain after surgery and gives you a quicker recovery.
Your doctor will determine the best gallbladder surgery for you and your health needs.