Gallbladder rescue

As organs go, the gallbladder isn’t the sexiest; however when the gallbladder and liver malfunction, it causes a host of painful and unpleasant symptoms leading to the surgical removal of roughly 500,000 of them annually. No doubt some deserve to go, especially when the gallbladder (GB) is chronically infected with a thickened, dystonic wall and packed with stones. The prospect of GB perforation into the peritoneum is certainly dire. However, in my experience, for most GBs with acute or episodic pain following fatty meals and mild or moderate disease, a rescue should be attempted. (more…)