Gallbladder Surgery Specialist

Michael Morris, MD. FRCS.

General Surgeon Serving the communities of Houston, TX

When you need gallbladder surgery, quick relief and fast recovery are probably your two primary goals. At Surgical Associates in Humble, Texas, you can get minimally invasive surgery, like laparoscopic and robotic surgery, performed by an expert. Skilled surgeon Michael Morris, MD, FRCF, offers the gallbladder procedures you need to feel better and reclaim your active life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Gallbladder Surgery Q & A

What is the gallbladder?

Your gallbladder is a tiny organ beneath your liver. When your liver produces a fluid called bile, your gallbladder absorbs it and later releases it into ducts leading to your small intestine to aid in the digestive process.

If your gallbladder is inflamed, the ducts can get blocked and cause serious symptoms. Gallstones, small masses of hardened digestive fluid, are the main cause of gallbladder inflammation.

If you have gallbladder inflammation, you can experience pain in your upper right abdomen, upper middle abdomen, right shoulder, or upper back. Many sufferers also experience nausea and vomiting, particularly when the pain is severe.

When do I need gallbladder surgery?

Milder cases of gallbladder inflammation may get better with dietary changes, antibiotics, and other medications. But, if you’re suffering from gallstones that cause severe symptoms, gallbladder surgery may be the best solution.

Gallbladder surgery is so effective because it completely removes the source of your problems: your gallbladder. Because you don’t need your gallbladder to be healthy, so if you’re having serious issues, surgical removal makes sense.

What are the options for gallbladder surgery?

Surgical Associates offers minimally invasive gallbladder removal surgery, including:

Laparoscopic surgery

In laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Morris creates one or more tiny incisions in your abdomen. He inserts a thin tube with a small camera and light into one incision, which allows him to view images on a monitor. He inserts miniature surgical tools through the same incision (or into a separate incision) and removes your gallbladder while watching the video monitor.

Robotic-assisted surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is very similar to laparoscopic surgery, but a robot holds the surgical instruments. Dr. Morris uses a bedside console to control all robot movements, so the robot never makes any movement on its own.

The main difference between laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery is that robotic arms have greater flexibility and precision than human arms. This allows for peak precision during complex operations.

Laparoscopic and robotic surgeries are both excellent minimally invasive options that offer advantages like less bleeding, reduced pain, and faster recovery, when compared to traditional open (long-incision) surgery.

For minimally invasive gallbladder surgery, call Surgical Associates, or book an appointment online now.