Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery Faq | El Paso TX
What does the surgeon remove during laparoscopic gallbladder surgery?
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) is done to get rid of gallbladder and gallstones through a lot of little incisions in the abdomen.
What can I expect during the surgery?
The surgeon in charge of this operation enlarges your abdomen with carbon dioxide or air to view the operation area properly.
The surgeon fixes a scope that is lighted on a video camera (laparoscope) which is inserted into one incision close to the belly button. The surgeon then uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting surgical instruments into the other incisions in order to be able to remove your gallbladder.
What needs to happen before surgery?
Before the removal of the gallbladder, you might need to have a special X-ray procedure done. This procedure is called intraoperative cholangiography and it shows the inside of the bile ducts.
A minimum of 2 hours’ general anesthesia is needed to carry out this surgery.
What should I do after my laparoscopic gallbladder surgery?
After surgery, you could be required to stay in the hospital for about a day or two. While for some patients it could take up to a week to 10 days before they can get back on their feet as they are likely to be very sore after having laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. But will be back on their feet faster than people who have open surgery. No special diets are required after surgery.
To find out if gallbladder surgery is best for you, contact your bariatric specialist in El Paso, TX today!