The operation is to remove the gall bladder due to gall stones causing pain or infection. Gall bladder is a pear-shaped organ that stores bile, the fluid that helps digest food. If it’s not working the way it should (or your bile gets out of balance), hard fragments start to form. These can be as small as a grain of rice or as big as a golf ball. Gallstones don’t go away on their own. If they start to hurt or cause other symptoms, your doctor may decide to remove your gallbladder. This type of surgery is called a cholecystectomy. It’s one of the most common surgeries doctors perform. Cholecystectomy is a common treatment of symptomatic gallstones and other gallbladder conditions.
In 2011, cholecystectomy was the eighth most common operating room procedure performed in hospitals in the United States. Cholecystectomy can be performed either laparoscopically, using a video camera, or via an open surgical technique. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is minimally invasive surgery to remove the gallbladder. It helps people when gallstones cause inflammation, pain or infection.
The surgery involves a few small incisions, and most people go home the same day and soon return to normal activities. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is surgery to remove your gallbladder. The surgeon makes a few small incisions on the right side of abdomen. The surgeon uses one incision to insert a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera on the end. The gallbladder then gets removed through another small incision. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is less invasive than an open cholecystectomy.
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