If you have been diagnosed with gallbladder polyps, the first priority is to establish whether they are benign or cancerous. At Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA, you can count on our team of specialist doctors and surgeons to provide you with a clear diagnosis, and to help you make well informed decisions about your treatment plan.
Gallbladder polyps: what are they?
Gallbladder polyps: diagnosis
Gallbladder polyps are mostly harmless, but some of them may over time become cancerous. Gallbladder polyps are often discovered on an abdominal ultrasound, as a small "growth" in the lining of your gallbladder wall (the mucosa). They are caused by a build-up of cholesterol, also known as cholesterolosis or “strawberry gallbladder”. The most prevalent types are cholesterol and benign polyps.
What if your ultrasound shows gallbladder polyps? The risk of polyps becoming malignant (causing gallbladder cancer) is assessed by looking at the size and the features of the polyps. Your specialist doctor at Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder and this is usually done laparoscopically, depending on the size of the polyp.
Gallbladder polyps: treatment
When you receive a diagnose that involves gallbladder polyps, you require clear information, expert care and the right amount of support. That's why our team of experienced surgeons, specialised in gallbladder treatment, will go out of their way to make sure you get clarity on the recommended and most convenient treatment and surgery options. As a team, our mission is also to offer kindness, care and support . You will find some of Perth's most experienced surgeons at Hernia Gallbladder Centre WA, specialising in gallbladder treatment and ready to assist you with the most suitable treatment options. And from experience we know that as a patient, you also want to feel supported as you plan your surgery or treatment. We're here to answer your questions and to offer genuine care and support, and that includes doing everything we can to keep the wait time before your surgery as low as possible.
Because the gallbladder is so closely involved in the digestion of food, it is important to look at your diet when you are undergoing or preparing for treatment of a gallbladder or bile duct issue. Bile contains a whole range of components: cholesterol, bile salts, fat, bilirubin, proteins and water. Your body weight as well as the quality of your diet, can help reduce the risks of bile duct or gallbladder conditions.
If you're at risk of developing gallstones, our team will help you with a detailed treatment and care plan. At the Hernia & Gallbladder Centre WA, we provide guidelines and recommendations for a healthy diet that is high in fibre and contains only moderate amounts of fat.
Some patients ask us if they will still be able to digest fat, in case of a gallbladder removal procedure. The fact is that your liver still produces bile, so you can still digest fat. This is where the assistance from our dietitians will be crucial to support you before, during and after your surgery.