Gallbladder Removal – open
What to Expect:
Gallbladder removal surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia so you will be asleep and pain-free.
To perform the surgery:
- The surgeon makes a 5 to 7 inch (12.5 to 17.5 centimeters) cut in the upper right part of your belly, just below your ribs.
- The area is opened up so the surgeon can view the gallbladder and separate it from the other organs.
- The surgeon cuts the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to the gallbladder.
- The gallbladder is gently lifted out and removed from your body.
An x-ray called a cholangiogram may be done during your surgery.
- To do this test, dye is injected into your common bile duct and an x-ray is taken. The dye helps find stones that may be outside your gallbladder.
- If other stones are found, the surgeon may remove them with a special instrument.
The surgery takes about 1 hour.