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Gallbladder surgery removes a diseased gallbladder. It is also known as cholecystectomy (ko-luh-sis-TEK-tuh-mee).
This surgery is usually done as a laparoscopic surgery. The doctor puts a lighted tube and other surgical tools through small cuts (incisions) in your belly. The tube is called a scope. It lets your doctor see your organs so your doctor can do the surgery. The incisions leave scars that fade with time.
Most people go home the same day. You probably will feel better each day. Most people have only a small amount of pain after 1 week. If you have a desk job, you can probably go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks. If you lift heavy objects or have a very active job, it may take up to 4 weeks.
In some cases, open surgery is the best choice. Your doctor may choose open surgery in advance. Or the doctor may choose it in the middle of laparoscopic surgery. In open surgery, the doctor makes a larger incision in your upper belly. If you have open surgery, you will probably stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days. And it may take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to your normal routine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Brent Shoji MD - General Surgery
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