With laparoscopic cholecystectomy:
-You may return to work sooner,
-Have less pain after surgery,
-Have a shorter hospital stay
-Shorter recovery time.
Following are the steps of laparoscopic surgery:
- Anaethesia is given to the patient
- Small holes are made in the abdomen
- Through these small holes instruments are put in to perform the surgery
- After the surgery the holes are stitched.
Non-surgical treatments usually do not work.
In some cases drugs dissolve gallstones, if taken over a period of time, and once the treatment is stopped the stones generally form again.
The drugs work only for small cholesterol stones.
The drugs may cause mild diarrhea, and one of them may temporarily raise levels of blood cholesterol and certain liver enzymes.
The patient can undergo 'open surgery', But laparoscopic surgery is the gold standard for cholecystectomy.
- In case of previous surgery in the area of your gallbladder
- In case you have a bleeding problem
- Sometimes, your surgeon may begin doing the procedure laparoscopically and then convert to an open procedure.
Laparoscopic surgeries have lesser side effects than open surgeries, chances of infection, bleeding or biliary injury are less.
- Blood tests
- Chest X-ray and ECG
- Not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before the operation
- Morning doses of regular medications (if any) may be taken with a sip of water, unless advised not to by a doctor or nurse.
- An injection may be given to make the blood less sticky and so prevent blood clots on the day of the surgery.
- In Laparoscopy some small holes are made unlike in open surgery where a big slit is made during the surgery. Hence in Laparoscopy a small scar or no scar is the result
- Laparoscopic surgeries have lesser side effects than open surgeries, chances of infection, bleeding or biliary injury are less.
- After the surgery there is only 24-48 stay at the hospital. After 48 hours you will be allowed to leave for your home. At home you will need to take pain killers for another 2-3 days.
- You can start working within 1-2 weeks.
- Avoid heavy lifting and driving for 6 weeks
- You should contact your doctor if you observe any of the following as it can be due to some complications
- yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes,
- abdominal pain,
- abdominal swelling,
- discharge from the wound,
Cholecystectomy will be needed in case the gallbladder becomes inflamed, infected or in case of gall stone
In Laparoscopy some small holes are made unlike in open surgery where a big slit is made during the surgery. Hence in Laparoscopy a small scar or no scar is the result