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Gallbladder Removal – Procedure



The procedure has been done for many years in what’s called the laparoscopic way. People sometimes refer to it as a laser procedure, but it’s not. It’s really laparoscopic, meaning that the entry into the abdomen is not through a large incision, but through very small openings, about generally three to four, in the abdomen. The gallbladder is then removed. The procedure is done what’s called ambulatory surgery basis most of the time. When the person would come to the hospital, the procedure is done and generally patient will be able to go home on the same day. So in the past, gallbladder was removed through a large incision right beneath the right rib cage. With the advent of what’s called minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery, the procedure is done through small openings. Why is it good for the patients? Because it doesn’t cause pain or it doesn’t cause as much pain as a larger incision. Also we use very special medications that actually are instilled into the wounds and the people who have surgery have very little discomfort afterwards.

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