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Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder Removal

Our gallbladder is a small, tear-drop shaped organ located under your liver (see Figure 1). Its main function is to store bile. Bile is a substance that is made in the liver and helps your body digest fats. Your gallbladder releases bile when food, especially fatty food, enters the digestive tract. A cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is done when the gallbladder becomes infected or when gallstones are present, causing symptoms. More than 500,000 Americans undergo gallbladder surgery each year. Once the organ is removed, the main bile duct takes over the function of the gallbladder by carrying more bile from the liver during digestion.
Below is a typical itinerary for someone getting the Cholecystectomy with our surgeons:
  • Day 1: Arrival to destination of surgery – pre-op consultations and pre-op tests – spend night in hotel
  • Day 2: Surgery – spend night in hospital
  • Day 3: Post-op tests – spend night in hotel
  • Day 4: Follow-up consultation – spend night in hotel
  • Day 5: Rest and recover – spend night in hotel
  • Day 6: Follow-up consultation – return home

Gallbladder Removal Abroad

Choosing to undergo Cholecystectomy with our Gastroenterologist surgeons has several advantages:
  • It can save you up to 85% compared to U.S. prices
  • Highest quality with U.S.-Trained Board-Certified Gastroenterologist surgeons in Mexico
  • Best results with only FDA approved materials and implants
  • Our surgeons offer the latest bariatric surgery procedures and technology
A Cholecystectomy can cost as much as $25,000 USD in the U.S. without proper health insurance and wait times in Canada can be up to 3 years long. With Health & Wellness Bazaar, traveling to Mexico for Cholecystectomy is safe and easy and our surgery packages start at $3,490 USD, saving you up to 85% on the total cost of treatment with minimum to no wait time.
Our medical providers are able to offer such low pricing compared to the U.S. because of the low cost of land, labor, and materials in the destinations where they practice. The safety, quality, and efficacy of the Cholecystectomy is never compromised despite the low pricing and the patient experience is well beyond U.S. standards. Currently we have bariatric surgeons in Tijuana, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, Mexico. Please contact us for more information.

The Cholecystectomy Procedure

Doctors can remove your gallbladder in two ways, and your recovery depends on which they choose:
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are most common, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Your doctor will make a few small incisions in your abdomen and use a laparoscope (which is basically a small telescope with a camera) to see a closeup of what’s happening inside your body. Then they remove your gallbladder through those small incisions. Most people who get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy get discharged on the same day and can resume normal physical activity after a week, according to the NIDDK.
  • When laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not feasible due to a patient's anatomy, inflammation of the gallbladder or other reasons, an open cholecystectomy will be selected. In this procedure, the gallbladder is removed through a surgical incision high in the right abdomen, just beneath the ribs. Patients will usually be in the hospital two to three days, with a return to regular activities in two to three weeks.

Recovering from Cholecystectomy

  • Pain management — You may receive pain medication to help keep you comfortable. Before leaving the hospital you will be given instructions with everything you will need in your recovery
  • Resuming activity — Continue walking as you recover. You may resume normal activity when your discomfort has subsided. Save strenuous activity and heavy lifting until pain at the incision site(s) has resolved. You may return to work when comfortable, usually five to seven days after surgery
  • Driving — You may drive when you no longer require pain medication, usually three to seven days after surgery. Do not drive while taking pain medication
  • Diet — There are no restrictions other than diets previously recommended for certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure. Emphasize fresh fruits, vegetables, bran and liquids to help prevent any constipation that can result from taking pain medication
  • Wound healing — Your incisions will be closed with sterile tape strips (Steri-Strips) that act like stitches. You may shower or bathe with the tape strips in place. Remove the strips when they start to curl and come off, usually 10 to 14 days after surgery. Any minor pain at the incision sites should decrease over time. View the postoperative care instructions

Our Gastroenterologist Surgeons

Our network of Gastroenterologist surgeons is composed of a select group of talented and experienced doctors who, in their private practice, perform the most advanced and innovative procedures to treat gastrointestinal disorders. Our Gastroenterologist surgeons undergo a rigorous vetting process to guarantee the highest safety and quality standards for our international patients. Our compliance team ensures our doctors are fully accredited and licensed where they practice and meet the following requirements:
  • Board Certified
  • Proven track record of success
  • Active member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Continuously participates in conferences and workshops on latest treatments and technologies
  • Recommended by fellow medical colleagues
  • Training from prestigious medical institutions
  • Conducts medical research and publications
Lastly, our recruitment and compliance teams interview all our Gastrointestinal surgeons in person, visit their facilities, meet past and current patients, and review their medical processes and protocols to confirm they meet the highest standards.

Our Medical Tourism Gastroenterology Surgery Packages

For your convenience, we have designed Medical Tourism Packages for Gastroenterology procedures that include the following:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • On-site local transportation
  • Pre-operative tests
  • Surgery center’s fees and hospitalization
  • Surgeons’ fees
  • Anesthesia and anesthesiologist
  • All treatment related materials
  • Post-operative medication
  • Regular post-operative consultations via phone, email, and skype to track progress

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