The gallbladder polyp is not a very common aliment for those suffering from gallbladder problems. It affects about 5% of the population, and it only causes trouble in a very small percent of those affected. The polyp is a collection of “by products” and material. Since the gallbladder synthesizes a lot of cholesterol the most common gallbladder polyp is the cholesterol polyp.
Though it is rare to cause pain in the majority of people suffering from it, it can lead to other problems. One of the most severe conditions that can occur as a complication from gallbladder polyps is a carcinoma. While the connection between the gallbladder polyp and cancer is not well documented, it has been researched. Most researchers have made the connection between those who suffer from gall stones, and gallbladder polyps that can lead to carcinomas in the gallbladder.
Many people who suffer from polyps only have this condition identified because they have had other tests performed. Having a diagnostic ultrasound done is one of the main ways to pick up problems within the gallbladder. When this test is done, the signs of polyps can be seen. An increase in the wall, or thickness of the gallbladder would show that the gallbladder could be diseased.
Polyps that do not cause any discomfort can be left alone however, there are some popularly used methods to overcome this condition. The most common is the removal of the gall bladder. This procedure is called a cholecystectomy, and doctors will often remove the gallbladder to prevent the polyps from developing into cancer. There are several different methods in which the gallbladder polyp and gallbladder can be removed. Abdominal surgery is the oldest method, but it isn’t used due to the longer and more painful recovery time.
Laparoscopic surgery is the most commonly used method due to recovery time, and the ease of surgery. This is a simple surgery and so many people opt for this method to remove the gallbladder polyp.