Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the gall bladder using an instrument called a laparoscope (camera).
About the Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right part of your tummy. It stores bile, a fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fatty foods.

You don't need a gallbladder, so surgery to take it out is often recommended if you develop any problems with it.

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About Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Surgery to remove the gallbladder is usually carried out if you have painful gallstones. These are small stones that can form in the gallbladder as a result of an imbalance in the substances that make up bile. Gallstones often cause no symptoms and you may not realise you have them, but occasionally they can block the flow of bile and irritate the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis) or pancreas (acute pancreatitis).

This can cause symptoms such as:

• Sudden and intense tummy pain

• Feeling and being sick

• Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)

Very occasionally it may be possible to take tablets to dissolve gallstones, but surgery to remove the gallbladder is the most effective treatment in the vast majority of cases.
What happens during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

A laparoscope is a small, thin tube that is put into your body through a tiny cut made just below your navel. Your surgeon can then see your gallbladder on a television screen and do the surgery with tools inserted in three other small cuts made in the right upper part of your abdomen. Your gallbladder is then taken out through one of the incisions.

If the gall bladder is inflamed and/or difficult to remove, the operation will convert to an “open operation” that is to say a larger surgical wound will be made.

Both techniques are performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the operation

What to expect afterwards

You might have some discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off but you will be offered pain relief as you need it.

It doesn't usually take long to recover from keyhole surgery to remove your gallbladder.

When you are adequately recovered the nurse will provide you with discharge advice, answer any questions that you may wish to ask and arrange for you to go home. Most people can leave hospital the same day.

You will probably be able to return to most of your normal activities within two weeks.

Following general anaesthesia please arrange the following:

• An adult to escort you home and care for you for the first 24 hours after discharge

• Not to use machinery, cook or sign documents for 24 hours

Please remember:

• Not to drive for two weeks or as advised

• Time off work is usually 2-6 weeks (depending on the surgery)

• Heavy physical work such as lifting and/or digging should be avoided for 6 weeks following surgery

• Keep the wound clean and dry until sutures/clips are removed

• Take light exercise when able

• Stitches or clips will be removed by your practice nurse or outpatient nurse 10 days following your surgery.

• An outpatient appointment with the surgeon will be arranged for you to review your surgery

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Gallbladder removal surgery is considered to be a safe procedure, but like any type of surgery there is a risk of complications.

Possible complications include:

Wound Infection
Your surgeon may prescribe you antibiotics during and after surgery to help prevent this
Bleeding can occur after your operation, although this is rare. If it does occur, it may require a further operation to stop it.
Bile Leaking
Bile leaking into the tummy
Damage to one of the openings (ducts) carrying bile out of the liver
Developing a Blood Clot
Developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in your leg - deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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Surgical Site Infections

What can I do to make my recovery easier?

It’s important that you’re as fit and healthy as possible before your operation. You can also prepare your home for when you return from hospital.

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If you are overweight or obese, it increases your risk of complications with surgery so your surgeon might advise you to lose some weight before your operation.

Try to prepare your home for when you return from hospital. You could rearrange your furniture to make it easier to move around safely. And place items that you use often at arm level, so you don’t have to reach for them.

Stock up on frozen or tinned food too so you do not need to go shopping immediately after your surgery. Or do an online shop to be delivered when you get home.

If possible, ask friends or family to stay with you for a couple of weeks after the operation to help you while you recover.

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