Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery for Gallstones

What Is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy, or “keyhole” surgery, enables the surgeon to inspect the inside of the abdomen, without having to make a large cut. A laparoscope is a long, narrow telescope attached to a small video camera and a light. It provides a view of the inside of the abdomen on a TV monitor for the surgeon and other team members.

How Is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Performed?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is complete removal of the gallbladder by keyhole surgery, without a big cut. A small incision 2 to 3 cm long is made at the navel and the laparoscope is inserted. The surgeon inflates the abdomen with carbon dioxide, a harmless gas, to provide room for the surgery to be performed. Two small cuts 0.5 to 1 cm in size are made below the right rib margin. A fourth cut is in the upper abdomen close to the breastbone. These are used for inserting instruments, such as scissors and forceps, which can pick up and cut tissues. Surgical clips are placed on the duct and artery leading to the gallbladder in order to secure these structures against leakage or bleeding. The gallbladder is removed from inside the abdomen through one of the cuts in a specimen bag. This cut may need to be enlarged slightly if the gallstones are large.

It is sometimes necessary to take an X-ray of the bile duct during the operation. This is performed if there is some doubt that you may have a stone in the bile duct.

The surgery normally takes 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the gallbladder, how inflamed it is, and the difficulty of the operation.

What Are The Benefits Of Laparoscopic or Keyhole Surgery?

The advantages to you of having your gallbladder removed by the laparoscopic method are:

  • Reduced pain and ease of recovery after surgery
  • Less pain medication required
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Earlier return to full activity and work
  • Less visible abdominal scars

What Are The Possible Risks And Complications?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy offers substantial advantages over open cholecystectomy. While the likelihood of major complications is very low, certain risks do exist. These risks may be higher in your case, if you have serious medical problems that increase the risks of general anaesthesia. Most of these risks are also present with the open method of cholecystectomy. A few complications, such as bile duct injury, may be slightly more common after laparoscopic surgery. The possible complications include:

  • Those related to general anaesthesia, including the rare incidence of death
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots forming in the legs
  • Leakage of bile from the bile ducts into the abdomen (about 1 in100 patients)
  • Injury to the bile duct, which usually needs repair (about 1 in 200patients)
  • Injury to abdominal organs (about 1 in 1000 patients)

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Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India:

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Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, ( Hinduja healthcare, Khar, Mumbai):

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Asian Cancer Institute, Sion, Mumbai:

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Asian Cancer Institute, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai:

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Guru Nanak Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai

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