The vast majority of gallbladder polyps are benign but a small proportion are precancerous and can progress to cancer.
Most patients do not have symptoms and are detected incidentally during a check-up for other conditions or as part of a health screening when an ultrasound scan is performed.
The size and certain features of a gallbladder polyp can help predict whether it is cancerous (malignant) or benign. Gallbladder cancer carries a poor prognosis and often presents late. If the gallbladder polyp has suspicious features and/or if the patient has risk factors, there is a role for regular follow-up with 6-12 monthly ultrasound scans.
Your doctor may also recommend cholecystectomy if you have a suspicious gallbladder polyp and/or it is causing symptoms or accompanied with gallstones.
Most of the time, this can be done via a minimally invasive approach such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, also known as “keyhole” gallbladder removal surgery.
Please consult your gallbladder surgeon to find out more.
Senior Consultant Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgeon
MBBS, MMed (Surgery), MSc, FAMS, FRCSEd
Prior to private practice, Dr Lee Ser Yee was a founding member and Senior Consultant at the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He served as the Director of the Laparoscopic programme and the Director of the Surgical Skills Training Program and the SingHealth Surgical Skills Centre.
He started his medical training at the National University of Singapore in 1996 and completed his training in General Surgery, HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation at SGH and National Cancer Centre, Singapore.
He also completed dual USA-fellowships in Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation under Professor Daniel Cherqui at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and a Complex Surgical Oncology clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.