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Gall Bladder Removal Surgery
Surgery to remove your gall bladder
is called cholecystectomy. The gall
bladder is on the right side of your
upper abdomen. The gall bladder may
need to be removed when there are
stones in it or in the duct leading from
the gall bladder. The stones may
cause swelling or infection.
There are two ways to do this surgery.
Ask your doctor which way your
surgery will be done.
Laparoscopic gall bladder
removal surgery
There are 3 or 4 small incisions
are made in the abdomen. The
doctor uses a camera and tools
through the incisions to remove
the gall bladder. With this type of
surgery, you may recover faster,
have less pain, less scarring and
fewer wound problems. Often you
will go home within 24 hours after surgery.
Open gall bladder removal surgery
A larger incision is made below the ribs on the right side of the
abdomen. The doctor works through this incision to remove the gall
bladder. You may stay in the hospital for up to 3 days after surgery.
To Prepare
Tell your doctor all the medicines you are taking. Be sure to include
any prescription or over the counter medicines, vitamins and herbs.