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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 gallbladder stones (or gallstones) involves either medication to dissolve gallstones 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 gall bladder. Though the body can no longer store bile, gall bladder 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:
General anaesthesia is administerd before the Cholecystectomy. The procedure can be either laparoscopic or open.
Open Cholecystectomy generally takes 1 to 2 hours. In this procedure your surgeon will put a 15 cm cut in your abdomen, on the right side just below your ribs. Liver and gallbladder are made visible by pulling muscles and tissues around it. Gallbladder is removed and the cut is sutured.
For info on Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, read the FAQs of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
After open cholecystectomy, you will be asked to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days.
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: