A cholecystectomy is a procedure to remove the gallbladder, a small organ located under the liver that stores bile for secretion during the digestive process. When the gallbladder is removed, the liver will store bile instead.
Why should I have my gallbladder removed?
What should I expect from the surgery?
Cholecystectomies are performed under general anesthesia.
In almost all cases, your surgeon will elect to remove the gallbladder laparoscopically, using a lighted scope with a video camera attached. Using a video monitor and three small slits in your abdomen, as well as one in your bellybutton, your surgeon will guide the camera toward the gallbladder. The gallbladder is sectioned and removed piece by piece. The video camera and scope are retracted and the small incisions are stitched.
What can I expect for recovery?
Most cholecystectomies are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient goes home the same day as the surgery. Most people find they recover within 1 week to 10 days and are back to their normal schedules within that time frame. Your surgeon will want to see you again about six weeks after your surgery to monitor your recovery and healing process.
Will I have to change my diet?
Most patients find they can resume their normal eating habits after having their gallbladder removed. Some patients, however, may find they can no longer tolerate high amounts of fat in one sitting.