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:
- needing an open procedure
- bile leak
- bile duct injury
- need for an ecrp
- injury to bowel and other organs