Gall bladder surgery

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for gall stones

Most patients with symptomatic gallstones are advised to have the gallbladder removed. This can usually be done as a keyhole operation involving four small holes in the wall of the abdomen (tummy), through which a camera and various operating instruments are introduced. In general this is a relatively safe operation that takes between twenty and ninety minutes depending on the complexity of the case and the degree of inflammation around the gallbladder. In patients in whom we suspect there may be stones in the bile duct we take pictures of the duct either with a laparoscopic ultrasound probe placed directly on the bile duct, or by injecting dye into the bile duct and taking X-rays (operative cholangiogram).

Most patients go home on either the same day as the operation or the next day.

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