Cholecystectomy – Gallbladder Removal

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy —the removal of the gallbladder with very small incisions— is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped pouch situated under the liver in the upper right part of the abdomen. It stores bile (a liquid produced by the liver) and then releases it into the intestine to help digestion.

Gallstones are small, hard stones that can sometimes develop in the gallbladder. They can result in a blockage of the flow of bile out of the gallbladder, resulting in symptoms including include pain, jaundice (yellowed skin) and fever. The body can function well without a gallbladder, and removing it is a common treatment for gallstones that cause symptoms.

What to Expect

A traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy uses approximately four small incisions to extract the gallbladder. In most cases, the surgery is well tolerated and the patient is discharged home the day after surgery. Although there are many advantages to performing the procedure laparoscopically, the procedure may not be appropriate for some patients who have had previous upper abdominal surgery or who have some pre-existing medical conditions. New Jersey Bariatric Center®‘s surgeons will perform a complete evaluation to determine whether laparoscopic gallbladder removal is an appropriate procedure for you.