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Surgery to remove the gallbladder is called cholecystectomy (ko-luh-sis-TEK-tuh-mee). It may be done if the gallbladder is blocked or is very swollen and filled with fluid.
The surgery is usually done with a laparoscope. The doctor puts a lighted tube and other surgical tools through small cuts (incisions) in your child's belly. The tube is called a scope. It lets the doctor see your child's organs so the doctor can do the surgery.
The incisions leave scars that fade with time.
Your child may go home in 1 or 2 days. Most children have only a small amount of pain, which gets better over 1 week. It may be a week or so before your child can return to their normal activities.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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