This surgery is done using long, thin instruments to remove the gallbladder. The instruments are inserted through small cuts in the abdomen.
A laparoscopic gallbladder removal is surgery that uses long, thin medical instruments and a camera to remove the gallbladder. The instruments are inserted through several small cuts in the abdomen.
A gallbladder removal may be recommended if you have episodes of pain in your upper right abdomen (especially after eating) and tests indicate your gallbladder is not working the way it should.
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 surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit as smoking can interfere with your recovery. The longer you are not smoking before surgery, the better your chances for a smooth recovery.
During your surgery, you will likely receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free. With general anesthesia you are put into a deep sleep and are unable to see, hear or feel anything. Other types of anesthesia may be used during this surgery, but they are less common.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a laparoscopic gallbladder removal?
After your surgery, you should know what operation you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider after discharge. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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