Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is surgical removal of gallbladder. It is less invasive than an open cholecystectomywhich involves a larger incision.

Procedure of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy will take an hour or two and surgeon will make a few small incisions in abdomen. The surgeon will insert thin, hollow tubes into those incisions. The surgical team will then insert a laparoscope and other surgical tools into the tubes.

Healthcare provider pumps carbon dioxide into your abdomen and this inflates the surgical area and makes it easier to see inside. Using the special tools, the surgeon will separate the gallbladder from the rest of the body and then remove it. After this healthcare provider will then close the incisions with stitches, surgical clips or surgical glue.

Risks of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Bile leaking in the body
  • Bleeding
  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Hernia
  • Injury to the bile ducts, liver or intestines
  • Numbness in the surgical area
  • Peritonitis
  • Small scars from the incisions
  • Urinary tract infection
Benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy

The laparoscopic procedure has several benefits:

  • Less pain.
  • Lower risk of complications.
  • Quicker recovery.
  • Smaller wounds and scars.