What will happen during gallbladder removal surgery?

If you’re having laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery, your surgeon will make four small incisions in your abdomen, one of which is for a tiny video camera through which the surgeon will view the procedure on a monitor. Tools are inserted through the other incisions, and the gallbladder is removed. Your surgeon may then want an X-ray or ultrasound to check for other issues, and your incisions will be sutured.

If you’re having open gallbladder removal surgery, your surgeon will make an incision about six inches long in your abdomen, pull back muscle and tissue, and remove your gallbladder, then suture your incision.

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