A Cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure is a surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder which is a pear-shaped organ that sits just below your liver on the upper right side of your abdomen. Your gallbladder collects and stores bile — a digestive fluid produced in your liver.
A cholecystectomy may be necessary if you experience pain from gallstones that block the flow of bile. In most cases, you can go home the same day of your cholecystectomy.
A cholecystectomy is most commonly performed to treat gallstones and the complications they cause. Your doctor may recommend a cholecystectomy if you have:
- Gallstones in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
- Gallstones in the bile duct (choledocholithiasis)
- Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
- Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis) due to gallstones
Minimally invasive Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Dr. Jabour will make four small incisions in your abdomen. A tube with a tiny video camera is inserted into your abdomen through one of the incisions. He then will watche a video monitor in the operating room while using surgical tools inserted through the other incisions in your abdomen to remove your gallbladder. You may return to work sooner, have less pain after surgery, and have a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery time. Surgery to remove the gallbladder with a laparoscope does not require that the muscles of your abdomen be cut, as they are in open surgery. The incision is much smaller, which makes recovery go quicker. With laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you probably will only have to stay in the hospital for a few hours or overnight.
During an open cholecystectomy Dr. Jabour will make a 6-inch (15-centimeter) incision in your abdomen below your ribs on your right side. The muscle and tissue are pulled back to reveal your liver and gallbladder. Then he will remove the gallbladder. The incision is sutured, and you're taken to a recovery area. An open cholecystectomy takes one or two hours.