GallBladder Surgery Open/Laparoscopic
Surgical removal of the gallbladder is recommended when the formation of gallstones leads to pain attacks and nausea. The medical term for this operation is cholecystectomy. There are two ways of performing it:
Open Cholecystectomy: This method requires a single large incision under the right rib cage. The operation takes 1 to 2 hours. Your stay in the hospital can last 2 to 5 days. Laparoscopic Cholycystectomy: This "Band-Aid surgery" technique substitutes four tiny incisions for a single large one. One is made just below the belly button. Two more are made in the abdomen above the right hip. A fourth is needed just below the ribs in the middle of the chest. A tiny, lighted scope is inserted through one incision. Miniature, remote-controlled surgical tools are inserted through the others. To give the surgeon an unobstructed view, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas throughout the procedure. Laparoscopic Cholycystectomy operation takes 1 to 2 hours. However, your hospital stay may be less than a day. During the operation, the doctor will check for stones in the duct that drains the gallbladder, and remove them as well.
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