Following the great discovery of laparoscopy, the procedure’s introduction in 1990’s in colecystectomy, changed everything. Cholecystectomy is one of the most commonly performed abdominal surgical procedures and in developed countries, most are performed laparoscopically.
During this procedure, using a narrow tube-like instrument (a 5 to 10mm cannula), the surgeon enters the abdomen in the area of the belly-button. A laparoscope (a tiny telescope) connected to a special camera is inserted through the cannula, giving the surgeon a magnified view of the patient’s internal organs on a television screen (up to 15 times magnified). Other cannulas are inserted which allow your surgeon to delicately separate the gallbladder from its attachments and then remove it through one of the openings. If the surgeon finds one or more stones in the common bile duct, he/she may remove them with a special scope through the same incisions.
The answer is YES! Only in a very small percentage of the patients (less than 1%), the method cannot be performed due to special indications. The decision to go thought with an open gallbladder removal surgery is up to the surgeon, before or even, during the procedure.
In Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery, the risks are minimal and the complications extremely rare. The patients can return to their normal activities very soon after. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the safest method to face gallbladder issues. Numerous medical studies show that the complication rate for laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery is comparable to or even lower than the complication rate for open gallbladder removal surgery when performed by a properly trained surgeon. The overall rate of severe complications is less than 1%.
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