Bladder Removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)
What is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder,
which is located in the abdomen beneath the right side of the liver.
Gallbladder problems are usually the result of gallstones. These
stones may block the flow of bile from your gallbladder, causing
the organ to swell. Other causes include cholecystitis (inflammation
of the gallbladder) and cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct).
Gall stanes are commonly associated with excessive weight. Candiates
that have undergone gastric surgery carry a higher risk of developing
The surgery is very straignt forward. A general
aaesthesia is used and the surgeon carries out teh simple laparoscopic
procedure removing the gallbladder through the small incision made
in the abdomen. Surgery takes approximately 1 hour.
What Type of Anesthesia will be Used?
You will have a pre-operative interview with an
anesthesiologist, who will ask you questions regarding your medical
history. Gallbladder removal is performed under general anesthesia,
which will keep you asleep during surgery.
What Happens during Surgery, and how
is it Performed?
If your surgery is performed laparoscopically, your
surgeon will make three to four small incisions and insert tube-like
instruments through them. The abdomen will be filled with gas to
help the surgeon view the abdominal cavity. A camera will be inserted
through one of the tubes to display images on a monitor located
in the operating room. Other instruments will be placed through
the additional tubes. In this manner, your surgeon will be able
to work inside your abdomen without having to make a larger incision.
Your surgeon will perform the gall bladder removal
with the laparoscopic method unless other factors require open surgery.
If the performed with the open method, a larger incision will be
made in the abdomen.
Once inside, your surgeon will separate and remove
the gall bladder.
What Happens After the Surgery?
Once the surgery is completed, you will be taken
to a post-operative or recovery unit where a nurse will monitor
your recovery. It is important to keep your bandages clean and dry.
Your may be given medication for pain, nausea and vomiting which
are not uncommon with this procedure.
How Long will I be in the Hospital?
Although some patients may stay overnight, most
go home the same day.
Following surgery what should I watch
Be sure to call your doctor if any of the following
- Redness or Swelling around the Incision
- The incision is warm to the Touch
- Drainage from the Incision
Will there be Scars?
If the procedure is performed laparoscopically the
incisions should heal well, leaving small discrete scars. If the
open method is used, a larger scar will be present.
When can I expect to Return to Work
and Resume Normal Activities?
This varies among patients. There are no restrictions
after laparoscopic gallbladder removal. You will be encouraged to
return to normal activities such as showering, driving, walking
up stairs, light lifting, and work as soon as you feel comfortable.
Some patients can return to work in a few days, while others prefer
to wait longer. You should not engage in heavy lifting or straining
for 6 - 8 weeks after open surgery. While you are taking narcotic
medications for pain, you should not drive.
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