Patient discussion about Gallstones

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Q. What arethe pros and cons of removingmy gallbladder due to gallstones

APro - solves the problem (gallstones usually don't form in the absence of gall bladder

Cons - operation, with its complications: anesthesia, incision, hernia in the incision, infection etc.
Usually there are no chronic consequences for the absence of gallbladder.

However, this is only general advice - if you have any questions regarding this subject, you should consult a doctor (e.g. general surgeon).

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/002930.htm

Q. What is a cholecystectomy and how is it done?

My Doctor diagnosed me with gallstones and said I have to have a cholecystectomy surgery. What is this and how is it done?
A1Cholecystectomy is a surgery in which the gallbladder is removed. Don't be alarmed since you can live without your gallbladder. When the gallbladder is gone, bile flows directly from the liver into the small intestine.
You will probably have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, which means a surgeon will make a small slit in your abdomen, then insert a tubelike instrument which has a camera and surgical instruments attached. This is used to take out the gallbladder with the stones inside it.
This procedure causes less pain than open surgery, is less likely to cause complications, and has a faster recovery time. This surgery is performed in an operating room and you will be under general anesthesia. It usually takes 20 minutes to one hour.


A2The usual treatment for symptomatic or complicated gallstones is surgical removal of the gallbladder. This is called cholecystectomy. Most gallbladders are removed by laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The gallbladder is removed through a small slit in the abdomen using small tubelike instruments. Some Gallbladders are removed by open removal: a 3 to 6 inch incision in the right upper abdomen is made and then the gallbladder is removed.
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