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How the Gallbladder is Removed: A Step-by-Step Guide

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits just under the liver in the abdomen. It stores bile, which helps break down fats and proteins from food so they can be absorbed by the body. If you have been diagnosed with gallstones or your doctor suspects that your gallbladder may not be working properly, it will need to be removed. In this blog post, we'll take a look at how a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) is performed step by step!

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How to Prepare for Gallbladder Removal Surgery

On the day of surgery, you will need to fast for about six hours before your operation. This means no food or water. It is important that you follow this instruction because it can help prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery when stomach contents are emptied into the intestines.

You should make arrangements for someone to drive you home on the day of your gallstone/gallbladder removal because anesthesia can cause drowsiness and delayed reaction times that last up to 24 hours afterward.

How Do They Remove the Gallbladder?

You will be given general anesthesia for this surgery, so you won't feel anything during the procedure. This is especially important if you are having the gallbladder removed through a large incision in your abdomen (open cholecystectomy). When you open up an organ, there is always a risk of damage to surrounding structures. But with general anesthesia, you will be completely unaware and pain-free during your cholecystectomy on Long Island.

Your surgeon will make a cut (incision) in your abdomen to access the gallbladder. This incision can be quite large, often around 12 inches long or more, depending on how many other surgeries you have had and whether or not this is an open cholecystectomy. When possible, it is performed laparoscopically.

Once your surgeon has made an incision in the abdomen to access the gallbladder, they will detach it from blood vessels that are keeping it connected to the liver (the hepatic artery and portal vein).

After the gallbladder is detached, it will be removed through the incision. Your surgeon may use surgical tools to break up your stones before removing them if they are very large.

Now that your surgeon has successfully performed the cholecystectomy, it is time to close up! Your surgeon will suture (sew) the stomach lining back together. This is done with dissolvable stitches that won't need to be removed later on.

What Happens After Gallbladder Surgery?

You may have some pain and discomfort after gallbladder surgery because of the incision in your abdomen, so your doctor will prescribe some pain medication for you.

Most people can go back to their normal activities after about a week of recovery, allowing them plenty of time to return to work and resume most everyday routines. It is important that your doctor gives you the green light before doing too much physical activity, though!

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