What Should You Know About Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Surgery

What is Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)?

Gallbladder removal is among the most frequently performed surgical procedures. Gallbladder removal operation is usually performed with minimally invasive methods along with the medical name of this procedure is laparoscopic cholecystectomy or a laparoscopic gallbladder removal. As opposed to the usual five to seven inches incision, the surgery requires only four small openings in the abdomen. Patients normally have minimal post operative pain. Patients generally experience a faster recovery compared to open gallbladder surgery patients. Most patients go home the same day of the operation and revel in a faster return to normal activities.

What Preparation Is Needed for Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal? .

The following include typical events that might occur prior to laparoscopic operation, however, as every patient and surgeon is distinctive, what can occur can to be different:

  • Pre-operative preparation includes blood work, clinical evaluation, and an EKG based on your age and clinical condition.
  • Following your surgeon reviews with you the possible risks and advantages of the operation, you need to give written consent for operation.
  • It's recommended that you shower the night before or morning of the operation.
  • Your surgeon might also want you to use antibiotic soap.
  • After midnight the night before the surgery, you shouldn't drink or eat anything.
  • You might take medications that your surgeon has told you're permissible to take with a sip of water.
  • Morning of surgery. drugs like blood thinners, anti inflammatory medications and E vitamin might have to be stopped momentarily for many days to a week prior to operation.
  • Quit smoking and arrange for any help you may need at home.
  • Do not shave your abdomen before surgery.

How's Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Performed?

Using a cannula (a narrow tube-like instrument), the surgeon enters the abdomen in the area of the belly-button.

A laparoscope (a tiny camera) is connected to a special camera is inserted through the cannula. Your surgeon gently separates the gallbladder from its attachments. Other cannulas are inserted which allow your surgeon to delicately separate the gallbladder from its attachments and then remove it through one of the openings. An X-ray called a cholangiogram may be performed during the operation to identify stones which may be lodged in the bile channels or to verify the anatomy of structures that have been identified.

If the surgeon finds one or more stones in the common bile duct, he/she may remove them with a special scope, may choose to have them removed later through an endoscope placed through the mouth into the stomach using a procedure called ERCP or may convert to an open operation in order to remove all the stones during the operation.

After the surgeon removes the gallbladder, the small incisions are closed with absorbable stitches or with surgical tape or glue.