Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
A cholecystectomy is a laparoscopic surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder, which is a pear-shaped organ that sits in the upper right abdomen, directly below the liver.
The gallbladder assists during the digestive process by collecting and storing bile, which is a digestive fluid that is produced by the liver. Without the gallbladder, the same bile can be stored in the bile ducts that connect the liver and the biliary tree to the bowel.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Conditions
A cholecystectomy may be recommended if gallstones develop and cause pain or serious medical conditions such as a pancreatits, jaundice, or cholecystitis, which is a serious inflammation of the gallbladder. Gallstone symptoms in women and men may include upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and even chest pain.
The cholecystectomy is usually performed laparoscopically through several small incisions in the abdomen. More serious cases may require an open procedure with a larger incision. You will remain under general anesthesia during the entire operation, which usually lasts less than an hour. In most cases, you are able to return home the day of your operation.
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