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Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Symptoms

Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - How to prevent?

Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Diagnosis

Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Treatments

Some gallstones cause pain, bloating, infection and blockage of the flow of bile. If there is severe pain, infection or other complications, your doctor will likely recommend that you have your gallbladder removed in a common operation called cholecystectomy since it is a non-essential organ. If gallstones are found incidentally with no symptoms, they can be observed and surgery is generally not recommended.


The standard form of treatment is minimally invasive surgery known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, in which our surgeon makes four small incisions in your abdomen to remove the gallbladder. However, certain scenarios or conditions may make open surgery (incision about 8cm) necessary or a safer and better choice.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be performed before or after laparoscopic cholecystectomy if stones are found in the bile duct.

Advantages of laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Compared to open surgery, laparoscopic cholecystectomy offers these advantages:
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Less post-operative pain.
  • Minimal scarring.
The overall risk of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is very low. Although uncommon, the more serious possible complications include:
  • Bleeding.
  • Bowel injury.
  • Infection.
  • Bile duct injury

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy


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