Open gallbladder removal is surgery to remove the gallbladder.
Cholecystectomy - open
In gallbladder removal surgery, a surgeon makes a large incision (cut) in your belly to open it up and see the area. The surgeon then removes your gallbladder by reaching in through the incision and gently lifting it out.
Surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and unable to feel pain).
The surgeon will make a 5 to 7 inch incision in the upper right part of your belly, just below your ribs. The surgeon will cut the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to the gallbladder. Then your gallbladder will be removed.
A special x-ray called a
Open gallbladder removal surgery takes about an hour.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
Your doctor may recommend gallbladder removal surgery if you have gallstones or your
You may have some or all of these symptoms:
- Pain after eating, usually in the upper right or upper middle area of your
belly(epigastric pain) Nausea and vomiting Indigestion
- Infection (
The most common way to remove the gallbladder is by using a medical instrument called a laparoscope. See also:
Other reasons for this surgery may be:
Review Date: 11/15/2008
Reviewed By: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Robert J. Fitzgibbons, Jr., MD, FACS, Harry E. Stuckenhoff Professor of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, and Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery, Creighton University School of Medicine (11/15/2008).