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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery is a type of gallbladder removal surgery performed with the use of laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery is often chosen as a way of dealing with cholecystitis or inflammation of the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is an organ responsible for storing bile produced by the liver. Similarly to the appendix, the gallbladder is an organ which may be safely removed without serious gallbladder surgery side effects.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Candidates

The major reason for laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the formation of gallstones in the gallbladder. While most of the time gallstones do not cause any troubles, from time to time they cause pain and irritation of gallbladders, called cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation). For people suffering from pain caused by gallstones, it is usually suggested to undergo a gallbladder removal surgery. While there are other cholecystitis treatments available, still it is laparoscopic cholecystectomy that is the most effective one.

Am I Suitable for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?

Not in every case gallstones cause repetitive, strong pain. Sometimes patients are unaware that gallstones have formed in their gallbladder. Additionally, sometimes it is possible to dissolve gallstones without gallbladder removal. Still, most cases of cholecystitis result in removal of gallbladder.

Preparing for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

It is crucial to inform the doctor who will conduct your laparoscopic cholecystectomy about medical conditions you have suffered from and medications you take with them – some of them shouldn’t be taken before gallbladder surgery. Some specialists suggest also a special gallbladder removal diet to be observed before this operation. Additionally, you will need to fast for some hours before gallbladder removal surgery. In this way, the risk of laparoscopic cholecystectomy complications will be kept lower.

How is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Performed?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery becomes one of the most popular ways of gallbladder removal surgery. Removing gallbladder with laparoscopy has proved to be an effective and safe method of dealing with cholecystitis.
In laparoscopic surgery, doctors perform a series of small cuts instead of one big incision (open surgery). Through one cut a laparoscope (camera-equipped medical device) is inserted in order to give a clear sight of one’s gallbladder. Through other incisions, doctors put medical tools which will be used in gallbladder removal.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Usually overnight stay is not required

Back to Work

Up to 2 weeks

Duration of Operation

30 to 60 minutes

Number of Trips Abroad

1

Back to Sports

2 weeks or more

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Recovery

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy recovery time is quite short and takes a few weeks. Usually, around 2 weeks after gallbladder removal patients are able to come back to work. Gallbladder surgery recovery may involve limited amounts of pain but these should be manageable with painkillers. Doctors may also prescribe some antibiotics for the period of gallbladder removal recovery.

Scars after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy scars should fade with time and be hard to spot since laparoscopic cholecystectomy incisions are small, unlike in open gallbladder removal surgery.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Risks and Complications

While laparoscopic cholecystectomy complications are rather rare, nonetheless they may occur and it is important to inform about them patients deciding for removal of gallbladder. To possible laparoscopic cholecystectomy complications belong damage to the bile duct, bile spilling into abdomen and infections contracted during the gallbladder surgery. However, it is important to note that especially the last of those laparoscopic cholecystectomy complications is made less likely due to the fact that laparoscopy limits the size of incisions.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Success Rates

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a really effective form of gallbladder surgery, with 95% of gallbladder removal surgery finished with success. More than that, 90% of patients undergoing removal of gallbladder leave for home within 24 hours after gallbladder removal.

Before and After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Diet after Gallbladder Removal
To initial gallbladder removal side effects may belong problem with proper digesting the food due to the lack of stocked bile. However, doctors do not suggest any type of diet after gallbladder surgery. Gallbladder surgery side effects should pass soon enough. Instead, it is advised to keep balanced, healthy diet after gallbladder removal, without any specific conditions.

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cost

Average Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy costs are € 3,495, based on Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy prices from 14 clinics. Cheapest Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy cost is € 1,030 where Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy prices can go up to € 6,074.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy costs as low as € 1,200. You can also find Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy clinics in Poland starting from € 1,030.

Please note that the Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy quote, please click HERE.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy FAQ

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What Is a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure is a gallbladder removal surgery in which laparoscopy is utilized to minimalize the negative effects such as gallbladder surgery recovery time and the risk of infections.

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Removing Gallbladder – Is It Necessary for Patients with Cholecystitis?

As for today, gallbladder removal, no matter whether open cholecystectomy or laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery is the best way of fighting with cholecystitis.

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Is There a Need for a Special Diet after Gallbladder Removal?

No, gallbladder removal diet is usually suggested before the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. After gallbladder removal, patients are just advised to follow a healthy, balanced diet, that’s all.