Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy) in Houston, TX
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At Surgical Associates of Houston, Dr. Zhen Fan, MD uses innovative diagnostic technology and minimally-invasive techniques for treating symptomatic gallstones and impaired gallbladders. Our board-certified surgeon performs robot-assisted laparoscopic gallbladder removal, making these procedures as efficient and reliable as possible. As a result, patients are able to return to their daily life quickly, typically within a week.
If you’ve been dealing with persistent discomfort due to chronic gallstone episodes or have been diagnosed with gallbladder disease, call our Houston surgical practice to schedule a consultation. We work closely with your general physician to provide appropriate treatment promptly, addressing the source of your pain directly.
Your gallbladder is a small organ positioned under your liver. Its primary function is storing bile, which is integral to proper digestion. Occasionally, this digestive fluid can harden into calcifications known as gallstones. The size of each gallstone can vary, being as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Left unresolved, these deposits block the bile duct, impeding proper gallbladder function and contributing to potentially serious health complications.
Common symptoms of this condition, called cholelithiasis, include:
• Intense Pain in the Center or Upper Right Abdomen
• Nausea or Vomiting
• Severe Back Pain Between Shoulder Blades
• Sharp Discomfort in the Right Shoulder
Episodes of gallstone pain typically last a few minutes but may persist for more than an hour. At this point, attention from a qualified specialist offers the best chance for relief. If you are experiencing any of the above indications, consult with your general physician and discuss undergoing surgical intervention with Dr. Fan.
Gallbladder Surgery in Houston, TX
Before any procedure takes place, Dr. Fan sits down with patients at an initial consultation, going over every step of care. After outlining the specifics of treatment and answering all questions, we schedule surgery at a time and facility that is most convenient for you.
Robotic laparoscopic surgery conducted with the Da Vinci® system is unique in its ability to give surgeons precise control during procedures. The instruments combine 3D imaging technology with implements that increase Dr. Fan’s range of motion. This minimizes unnecessary incisions associated with traditional approaches and promotes natural healing of the tissues. Following treatment, Dr. Fan provides specific instructions to ensure patients recover as quickly as possible.
Call Surgical Associates of Houston to Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Zhen Fan applies his clinical expertise and skill with state-of-the-art technology to perform gallbladder surgeries in Houston, promoting successful outcomes for many patients each year. If you have significant abdominal pain and suspect that gallstones are the source, call Surgical Associates of Houston today and schedule an appointment.