A cholecystectomy is a procedure to remove your gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ under your liver that stores a digestive juice called bile which is made in the liver; it is on the upper right side of your abdomen.
A cholecystectomy may be done if your gallbladder:
Gallbladder problems may cause pain which:
Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills.
All surgeries have risks, gallbladder surgery risks can include:
Small incisions are made in your abdomen, and the scope is put through one of the incisions. Surgical tools are put through other incisions. Small clips are used to close the connection between the gallbladder and the bile duct. The gallbladder can be detached from the liver. The gallbladder is removed through one of the incisions; bile still flows from the liver to the small intestine.
Once the surgery is done, all tools are removed, and incisions are closed with stitches or staples. Sometimes, a laparoscopic surgery may need to be changed to an open surgery using one large incision. This change may occur because of scar tissue, unusual anatomy or for some other reason.
For this surgery, a thin tube with a tiny camera is used called a laparoscope. The scope sends images from inside your body to a video screen allowing the surgeon to view and work on your gallbladder.
You’ll be sent to a room to wake up from the anesthesia and will likely go home the same day. In some cases, an overnight stay is needed. When you are released to go home, someone will have to drive you.