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Laparoscopic or open gallbladder removal surgery?

Laparoscopic and open gallbladder-removal surgery

Which one should I choose?

Gallbladder removal is needed in several different cases: for example painful or recurrent gallstones or gallbladder inflammation.

These days up to 90% of gallbladder removal is done with laparoscope which means there is no big incision on the abdomen, and faster recovery time. However there are a lot of different factors your doctor takes into consideration when decides about the right way to perform the operation:

  • If you underwent different abdominal surgeries previously, laparoscopic gallbladder removal might not be suitable for you because of the scar tissue that’s developed on the site of the procedure
  • There are no widespread adhesions in your abdomen: this is important because for laparoscopy your abdomen must be fully permeable
  • If you have gallstones and a gallbladder inflammation at the same time open surgery is the right option because the problem’s complexity
  • Your average health must be good enough to undergo laparoscopy

Your doctor will always choose what’s best for you on a longer term, this is why thorough examination and consultation is important before any surgery happens.

About the recovery and the life after gallbladder removal you can read more here.

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