Gall Bladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist in Suffolk County
A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the gallbladder.
Why Does the Gallbladder Need to be Removed?
Most often, the gallbladder is removed because the patient has chronic and painful gallstones or has a stubborn inflammation that will not go away with other treatment. The laparoscopic nature of this procedure leads to less bleeding, less pain, shorter recovery time and fewer risks. Exact recovery time will depend on a person’s general health as well as how the procedure progresses. In very few cases, the procedure may have to be performed in an open manner, which will require a longer hospital stay and longer recovery.
Post Gall Bladder Removal
Once the gallbladder is removed, patients will be able to resume somewhat normal activity within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. The removed gallbladder is sent to a lab to be tested for any possible problems including cancer (uncommon). Further treatment, if necessary, will be scheduled accordingly.
Occasionally, bariatric surgery patients may have the option to remove their gallbladder during the same operation. If this is an option for you, please discuss this with your bariatric surgeon during your consultation.
The cholecystectomy, despite being performed laparoscopically, is major surgery, as are all of the procedures that we offer. This means it comes with certain inherent risks, which should be discussed with your medical team and our office at a consultation.
We look forward to speaking with you about your surgical needs.