The gallbladder is an organ that stores bile. Patients may develop gallstones which may then require treatment. Its a common operation and usually is done through keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. There can be other reasons to remove the gallbladder including polyps, gallbladder dysfunction and cancer.

The operation usually will take 1 hr to perform and you are in hospital overnight. You will need 1-2 weeks to recover from the surgery.

There are general and specific risks related to surgery and these specific risks include:

  1. needing an open procedure
  2. bile leak
  3. bile duct injury
  4. bleeding
  5. need for an ecrp
  6. injury to bowel and other organs


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