Cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the Gallbladder, a pear-shaped organ that is located just below the Liver, in the upper right part of the abdomen. The Gallbladder collects and stores bile, a digestive juice produced in the Liver.
Cholecystectomy may be necessary if you experience pain due to Gallstones that block the passage of bile. Cholecystectomy is a frequent surgery that carries a very low risk of complications. In most cases, you will be able to return home the same day as Cholecystectomy is performed.
Why is a Cholecystectomy done?
It is done to treat Gallstones and the complications they cause. Your doctor may recommend a Cholecystectomy if you suffer from the following:
- Gallstones in the Gallbladder (Cholelithiasis)
- Gallstones in the bile ducts (Choledocolithiasis)
- Inflammation of the Gallbladder (Cholecystitis)
- Inflammation of the Pancreas (Pancreatitis) due to Gallstones
How to prepare for the intervention?
- Do not eat anything the night before surgery. You can drink a sip of water with your pills, but avoid eating and drinking at least eight hours before surgery.
- Suspend certain medications and supplements. Tell the doctor about all the medications and supplements you take. Continue to take most medications according to medical indication. Your doctor may ask you to stop certain medications and supplements because they can increase the risk of bleeding.
A Cholecystectomy can relieve the pain and discomfort of Gallstones. Conservative treatments, such as diet modification, generally do not prevent Gallstones from reappearing. A Cholecystectomy is the only way to prevent Gallstones.
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