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We found 3 providers matching gallbladder removal and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Chicago, IL.

Arnold Gerald Coran MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 702-6175

Dr. Arnold Coran's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Coran's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, thyroid surgery, and hernia surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Coran attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Coran's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

All Interests: Pediatric Surgery, Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Shock in Children, Bacterial Translocation in ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
840 S Wood Street; Suite 416
Chicago, IL
(312) 413-7707; (847) 490-4222

Dr. Ami Shah is a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. She works in Chicago, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, crohn's disease, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Shah accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid surgery, Abdominal Mass Biopsy, Abdominal pain, Abdominal Surgery, Abnormal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Kyle H Mueller MD
Specializes in Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 1525
Chicago, IL
(312) 475-9327

Dr. Kyle Mueller works as a surgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Mueller is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mueller accepts. He has an open panel. Dr. Mueller obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, GI Endocrine Surgery

2013 Procedure Details
  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,500
  • Medicare Cost: $767

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What is Gallbladder Removal?

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of the upper abdomen, underneath the liver. Its purpose is to store bile, which is used to digest fat. Occasionally, the gallbladder can develop mineral stones, called gallstones. If they are large enough, gallstones can block the ducts in the gallbladder and cause swelling and infection. Gallstones can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication, but sometimes this is not enough. In these cases, it is best to remove the gallbladder before it can cause more serious problems. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy.

Today, most gallbladder surgeries are done laparoscopically. Four tiny incisions are made in the abdomen, and small tools are inserted through these tiny incisions to perform the surgery. Because the incisions are much smaller, recovery time is much faster with this type of surgery. Patients are usually discharged from the hospital the same day. Sometimes, open surgery is used to remove a gallbladder. In this type of surgery, a cut about six inches long is made in the upper right abdomen. After the gallbladder is removed, it is sutured or stapled closed. With open surgery, patients usually stay in the hospital for two to three days to recover before they are discharged.

Gallbladder removal, like any surgery, carries some risks, such as bleeding, infection, or the development of blood clots. Your doctor will tell you how to minimize your risk for complications. After your surgery, avoid strenuous activity for several days. Don’t soak in a bath until your sutures or staples have been removed. Wash your hands before touching the area around your incision. It will take a couple of days until you are feeling like yourself again and a few weeks until the scar has healed and faded.