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Gallbladder removal; gallstone surgery; laparoscopy gallbladder surgery.
Four incisions are made while the patient is under general anesthesia. A tiny camera is inserted to visualize and magnify the organs. An x-ray may be performed to show the surgeon where the stones are located to ensure that all are removed. Stones may be removed from the bile duct prior to removal of the gallbladder.
Four tiny incisions are made in the abdomen.
In most cases, patients stay no more than a day. In some cases, patients may be discharged the same day.
Most patients are recovered within a week, but a full recovery takes four to six weeks. Patients can work (light duty only) and drive after a week, but are asked to not lift, push or pull heavy objects.
The surgeon may recommend an open procedure due to a patient’s weight or history of prior abdominal surgery that has left scar tissue, making visualization of organs with the camera more difficult.
WakeMed has many board-certified general surgeons who perform laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Find a WakeMed surgeon by clicking or calling WakeMed Doctor Choice at 919-350-8900.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610