Gallbladder Disease

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About The Condition

Gallbladder DiagramThe gallbladder is a pear-shaped, fluid-filled organ located under your liver that stores and concentrates bile made by the liver. Bile helps in the digestion of foods and fats, and is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine (duodenum) when you eat. Conditions that slow or stop the flow of bile out of the gallbladder result in gallbladder disease. Symptoms can include pain, usually in the upper right side of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fullness or bloating, fever or chills, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) or heartburn. Gallbladder disease can include:

Before Surgery

If your condition involves cancer, you may have radiation or chemotherapy prior to your surgery to reduce the size of your tumor. Your physician will provide you with more information. In addition, or for other surgeries, you may be asked to:

Please ask your physician about any additional steps you should take before your surgery.

Surgery

Our surgeons perform open surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgeries, for gallbladder diseases. This procedure is called a cholecystectomy – or removal of the gallbladder. Sometimes, part of the liver needs to be removed, as well. Your surgeon will explain your particular procedure in more detail.

Minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is performed with laparoscopy or robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Open surgery. Minimally With open surgery, your physician will make an incision at the site of the abnormality large enough so he or she can see and touch your internal organs while operating.

After Surgery

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 763.780.6699.

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Surgeons Who Treat Gallbladder Disease

Adrianne L. Bowen, MD

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Dr. Bowen sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic procedures
  • Endoscopy
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J. Kevin Croston, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Croston sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Hernia repairs, including complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
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Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Gipson sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pancreas and foregut (esophagus and stomach) cancer surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Surgical management of trauma
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Susan E. Hunt-Lattin, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Hunt-Lattin sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Disease
  • Colon Disease
  • Hernia Repair
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Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Jenabzadeh sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Reflux disease
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign and malignant gastrointestinal pathology
  • Colorectal oncology
  • Complex hernias
  • Groin hernias
  • Complex ventral and hiatal hernias
  • Endocrine, such as adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid diseases
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Corinne E. Jordan, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Jordan sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
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Kourtney L. Kemp, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kemp sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Endocrine
  • Esophageal
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Complex hernia surgery
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Steven J. Kern, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kern sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Surgery for Esophageal Reflux
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Matthew K. Kissner, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kissner sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for hernia repair
  • Complex repair of ventral/incisional hernia
  • Robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Colon surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy
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Sarah J. Lippert, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Lippert sees patients at the following locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Advanced esophageal procedures
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Corey J. Stennes, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Stennes sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Melanoma
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Gastric reflux
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Repair of complex hernias
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rachel tay, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Tay sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Cancer, breast disease
  • Colon resections
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernias
  • Nissen fundoplications
  • Thyroid conditions
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Gregory J. Vitas, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Vitas sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastric and intestinal disorders
  • Laparoscopic biliary surgery
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • Robotic, laparoscopic, and open management of ventral abdominal wall and inguinal hernias
  • Colon surgery
  • Venus ablation procedures (closure procedure) for varicose veins
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