What is laparoscopic cholecystectomy?
A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to take out your gallbladder which is a small pear-shaped pouch in the upper right hand part of your abdomen. The surgeon uses a tiny camera called a laparoscope to take out the gallbladder. It enables them to see inside your body without having to make large cuts in your abdomen. This is known as ‘keyhole’ surgery. You will have a general anaesthetic for the surgery, so you will be asleep during the procedure. When your gallbladder has been removed it will have little impact upon your daily life.
Are there any benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy compared with open cholecystectomy?
Following benifits are observed with laparoscopic cholecystectomy
- you may return to work sooner
- have less pain after surgery
- have a shorter hospital stay
- shorter recovery time
- does not require that the muscles of your abdomen be cut, as they are in open surgery.
- The incision is much smaller, which makes recovery go quicker.
With laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you probably will only have to stay in the hospital for a few hours or overnight. With open cholecystectomy, you would have to stay in the hospital for about five days.