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Surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder is Cholecystectomy. Gallbladder is an organ in the right side of your abdomen below the liver. Cholecystectomy is generally performed for treating gallstones.
Treatment for gallstones involves either medication to dissolve stones or surgery to remove the gallbladder. Medication may take months or years for the stones to dissolve completely and is generally reserved for those who are unable to undergo surgery.
Cholecystectomy is a common procedure that allows bile to flow directly from the liver into the small intestine rather than being stored in the gallbladder. Though the body can no longer store bile, gallbladder removal does not affect one’s ability to digest food and the organ is not essential for survival.
Cholecystectomy can be performed in 2 ways:
Cholecystectomy may be necessary if
Surgery is also recommended in cases where gallstones occur frequently.
Your surgeon will ask you to:
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 1 to 2 hours. You can expect the following during the surgery:
You will be released from the hospital on the same day or may require an overnight stay. Generally, most patients are able to walk unaided and eat and drink without pain from the first day itself. Complete recovery, however, takes about 7 days.
After laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you can go back home once you are able to eat and drink with experiencing any pain, and walk properly without support. In most cases, the patient can go home on the same day.
Mild diarrhoea is experienced by many patients post the surgery, but it goes away with time. Patients are able to eat normally soon after the operation and on the same day itself.
Your doctor will recommend the following
The known risks of cholecystectomy are: