Laparoscopic Gallblader Surgery for Gallstones (Cholecystectomy)
What is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery?
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the best method of treating gallstones. This procedure removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small incisions within the abdomen.
How is this procedure performed?
The surgeon will make several small incisions, then insert a camera and small tools into the abdomen using three to four small incisions. Each incision ranges from ¼ to ½ an inch as opposed to an open surgery which will vary with a single incision 6 to 12 inches long. The surgeon then inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly. Inserting a lighted scope attached to a small video camera, the surgeons will insert the laparoscope near the belly button.
A safe and effective surgery, this procedure terminates gallstones located in the gallbladder.
What are the advantages of the Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery for Gallstones?
Advantages may include:
- Less pain post-operation
- Shorter hospital stay than that of open surgen
- Quicker return to daily activities.
- Minimal/reduced scarring.
What complications can occur?
- Infection of an incision
- Internal bleeding
Following gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms: pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.