How long is the recovery period for a cholecystectomy?
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a procedure in which the gallbladder is removed by laparoscopic techniques. Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery describes the performance of surgical procedures with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. During a laparoscopic surgical procedure, small incisions of up to half an inch are made and plastic tubes called ports are placed through these incisions. The camera and the instruments are then introduced through the ports which allow access to the inside of the patient. The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor.The surgeon is not able to see directly into the patient without the traditional large incision. The video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes in laparoscopy surgery, since the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure. Benefits of minimally invasive or laparoscopic procedures inclu
During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon may need to switch to a classic open abdominal adrenalectomy . This may occur if the surgeon: Encounters excess scarring from previous surgeries Encounters a very severely diseased or inflamed gallbladder Is unable to remove stones blocking the bile duct Is unable to appropriately visualize the structures in the abdomen Other possible surgical complications include: Missed gallstones in the bile ducts Gallstones that are accidentally spilled into the abdominal cavity, potentially causing future problems Bleeding Wound infection Injury to the bile duct or other nearby structures or organs Adverse reactions to general anesthesia Urinary tract infection Respiratory tract infection Deep venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism Average Hospital Stay Open cholecystectomy: Hospital discharge within 2 to 6 days Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Hospital discharge within 1 to 2 days of surgery Postoperative Care You may have a nasogastric tube. The tube w