This surgery involves the removal of the gallbladder through a cut (incision) in the upper right part of the abdomen.
The gallbladder is a small organ located beneath the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen.
The gallbladder may need to be removed if it is inflamed, infected or contains gallstones that are causing severe pain. Depending on the circumstances, your healthcare provider will remove your gallbladder in one of two ways.
If you have had previous abdominal surgery, you may have some internal fibrous or scar tissue called adhesions. This scar tissue may influence how your surgeon does the surgery.
If you have gallstones, but they are not causing symptoms, you may not need to have your gallbladder removed. However, if tests show that your gallbladder is not working properly, or you have gallstones that are causing problems, your healthcare provider may need to remove your gallbladder. Some of the symptoms may include:
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking. It can cause problems with your recovery.
General anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia for an open gallbladder removal. This is when the anesthesiologist puts you into a deep sleep. You will be unable to see, hear or feel anything.
Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility. You may also need help at home as you recover. Before discharge, make sure you understand all:
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