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Dr. Corey Clay
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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When is surgery needed for an appendicolith?

When is surgery needed for an appendicolith?

appendicitis: Appendicolith is a a calcified deposit within the appendix. In the past, appendectomy was recommended for such patients, however more recently, prophylactic appendectomy has been controversial, in one study, most asymptomatic children did not develop appendicitis. One would consider that appendicoliths may be a risk markers for appendicitis but does not necessarily warrant prophylactic removal. ...Read more

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When getting a gallbladder removal do men get a catheter put on or its not necessary and how long is the procedure? Thanks

When getting a gallbladder removal do men get a catheter put on or its not necessary and how long is the procedure? Thanks

Elective surgery: An elective outpatient removal of gallbladder using the laprascopic technique takes about an hour. The surgery team will have you empty your bladder in the restroom before surgery, so there is little to no need for a bladder catheter with this procedure. Okay to ask your surgery team. Understandable to be worried, while taking care of your health. Good luck. ...Read more

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If pancreatic duct continues to become blocked after the stent comes out, what is the surgical procedure needed to correct situation? For cont. pain.

If pancreatic duct continues to become blocked after the stent comes out, what is the surgical procedure needed to correct situation? For cont. pain.

Several: If this is for chronic pancreatitis, there are a number if different procedures that can be done. The names are Peustow, Fry, Beger, and Whipple. Named after surgeons. You could look up the details. The decision making for this is quite complex. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the recovery time on gall bladder surgery?

What is the recovery time on gall bladder surgery?

Depends: With a laparoscopic approach, many surgeons will do the procedure as an outpatient or just an overnight stay. In complicated cases or an open procedure, that changes according to the situation. After a straightforward case, i usually tell people to take 3-4 days off and no strenuous activity for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Scans show my gallbladder is only functioning at 19%. How long can I wait before immediate surgery is required?

Scans show my gallbladder is only functioning at 19%. How long can I wait before immediate surgery is required?

Chances of this : Condition progressing to acute cholecystitis is small, but not zero. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder problem, such as post prandial pain, best solution is elective surgical cholecystectomy, before any emergency intervenes. Consult with your surgeon regarding optimal timing. ...Read more

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Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

Toenail pain on matrix having surgery done tomorrow to remove the matrix this is second surgery on toenail if it is still painful what could the issue?

I do not know: But it is well known that the nail cuticles/matrix have many nerves that innervate the area and can be very painful. Hopefully after the surgery and an adequate healing process, the area will start to improve. ...Read more

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Kidney stone removal surgery. The cxr after the surgery showed pleural effusion. How does someone get this after surgery on their kidney?

Kidney stone removal surgery. The cxr after the surgery showed pleural effusion. How does someone get this after surgery on their kidney?

What procedure: How much effusion? What fluids given by anesthesia? Any central lines? Concern would be bleeding in chest, unless a lot of abdominal fluid used and the ascites extended to just one chest? ...Read more

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Gallbladder with big stone 30mm without pain and with gas. Is it still functioning, is it still useful for the body. Removing it will be load on liver?

Gallbladder with big stone 30mm without pain and with gas. Is it still functioning, is it still useful for the body. Removing it will be load on liver?

Won't affect liver: The gallbladder is a sac under the liver which collects bile (the pigment that turns the stool brown) and stores it until you eat a fatty meal. Bile aids in absorbing fats after eating. When you have gallstones, stones can block the opening to the gallbladder, causing symptoms, such as pain, or in some cases "gas". Laparoscopic cholecystectomy removes the gallbladder through small incisions ...Read more

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My fiancée needs surgery for tennis elbow and she would like to know which surgery is best open or arthroscopic and how long is normally the procedure?

My fiancée needs surgery for tennis elbow and she would like to know which surgery is best open or arthroscopic and how long is normally the procedure?

Tennis Elbow: There is no benefit between open vs. Arthroscopic...It typically is the preference of the surgeon. This procedure itself should take between 45 min - 75 min. ...Read more

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I need radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for the small RAI dose (before whole body scan) on 9/6 and the body scan is on 9/8. Is it adequate to do the scan 2 days after the pill? Isn't the scan is usually after 24 hours?

I need radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for the small RAI dose (before whole body scan) on 9/6 and the body scan is on 9/8. Is it adequate to do the scan 2 days after the pill? Isn't the scan is usually after 24 hours?

Scan: Yes it is adequate to do the scan two days apart. There is more information to be had when the two studies are completed and discussed with with your thyroid specialist. Please let me know how things go. PS: The medical facilities in Philadelphia are superb. ...Read more

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Wat are the pros and cons on surgery for acid reflux. Does it cure GERD or its a temporary fix and how invasive is the surgery.

Wat are the pros and cons on surgery for acid reflux. Does it cure GERD or its a temporary fix and how invasive is the surgery.

Yes: It will cure gerd but for how long depends. Pros is not needing to take those pills anymore and suffering from debilitating reflux. Cons it is an operation and carries its risks. ...Read more

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Why is non TB mycobacterium occur again when a surgery on the left lung is done , now its on the right started medicine. ?

Why is non TB mycobacterium occur again when a surgery on the left lung is done , now its on the right started medicine. ?

Needs abx: Imagine the lung as a sponge filled with air in which the pipes comunicate with each other; the non-mtb travels from one piece of the lung to other. Surgery is for the most affected lung but you need antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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What is function of gallbladder in body... What will be its impact on body when we removed it for stone surgery.?

What is function of gallbladder in body... What will be its impact on body when we removed it for stone surgery.?

Bile storage: The gallbladder stores bile produced in the liver. When you eat a meal, it contracts and releases bile into the first part of the small intestine. The bile helps you break up and digest fat. If the gallbladder is removed, there is a constant trickle of bile into the small intestine. Most people do fine without their gallbladder, and if it is removed for real disease, they feel better. ...Read more

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How is a laproscopic insicision made in the belly button? Having surgery for appendix but my navel is tiny, how will this proceudre be done?

How is a laproscopic insicision made in the belly button? Having surgery for appendix but my navel is tiny, how will this proceudre be done?

Ask your surgeon: I would ask your surgeon. I like to place my incision just below the belly button, but i know surgeons that don't use this area at all and prefer to use a right upper quadrant incision. ...Read more

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Is it possible for laparoscopic adrenal surgery and retropubic suspension surgery to be done at the same time?

Is it possible for laparoscopic adrenal surgery and retropubic suspension surgery to be done at the same time?

Maybe: Hi. What's the adrenalectomy being done for? If it's a pheochromocytoma, it would be risky; maybe if you're in a large academic center with excellent endocrinology, anesthesiology, and lap. adrenal surgery, it could be possible. For adrenal adenoma or carcinoma, it should be possible. ...Read more

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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more