What is a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure in which the gallbladder is removed from the body. Laparoscopy aids the removal of the gallbladder while making a few small incisions into the abdomen rather than one major notch. A laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera) is inserted through one incision. This helps the doctor to view the gallbladder on the screen; another incision takes place whereby the gallbladder is removed.
Further Information About the Procedure
The procedure is used when you have stones in your gallbladder. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by our liver. Bile supports the digestion of fats in the food we eat. The occurrence of gallstones can block the stream of bile in our digestive system. This blockage will become a source for bloating, nausea, vomiting, and pain in your abdomen, shoulder, back, or chest. Gallstones can also block the tubes that channel the bile from the liver or gallbladder to the intestine. This therefore will result in infections such as jaundice or annoyance in pancreas.
A general anesthetic is given to sedate the patient. This will calm down the muscles and relieve pain. Once the patient is asleep the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide which is an anodyne gas. The laparoscope is then injected through a cut in the navel, so the doctor can view the organ on the screen. Other apparatuses are inserted through other incisions and the gallbladder is removed.
Open cholecystectomy is slightly different from the regular laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A single cut is made below the right side of your rib cage or in the center of the abdomen. The doctor can see the gallbladder and adjoining structure through the cut. The gallbladder is removed from the surrounding tissue. The blood supply is knotted and divided. Sometimes a cholangiogram (a special X-ray) is performed to check for stones in the bile duct. This way the stones are removed immediately. The skin is closed using surgical clips and stitches.
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- Pre and post operative care
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- Post operative support staff and psychotherapists
- Dietary guidance post surgery
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- Two to five years of advice and support for losing weight and keeping off the lost weight
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Benefits of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has promptly become the procedure of choice for routine gallbladder removal and is currently the most universally performed major abdominal procedure in Western countries. The ease of procedure and the lesser risks involved in it makes it worthwhile as there are no imperatives.
Shorter hospital stay, with a quicker recovery time compared to regular surgery. It usually takes around two weeks to get back to your normal routine for a regular laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Recovery period depends on the incision. The smaller the incision, the more speedy recovery it will be. However, if the incision is large there are more risks involved and extra care is required. For an open cholecystectomy the recovery period is a bit longer, from six to eight weeks.
You can get back to your normal activities soon after surgery, however walk is recommended. Jobs that require physical exertion or heavy lifting should be avoided. Shorter recovery period helps to regulate normal routine chores so you will not have to be bothered about work.
High fat foods should be avoided. Smaller proper meals are advised. However, liquids should be taken after surgery to be on the safer side.
There are no massive complications, just a few risks are involved which can also be taken care of if you go along your doctor’s suggestion.
There might be slight pain and redness at an incision (cut) site. The belly might be swollen. Minor shoulder pain may occur (from the carbon dioxide gas). Bleeding might occur at the site area although the cases are rare. Non-prescription medications are prescribed to relieve pain, if any.
There might be drainage from the cut or bile leakage. Fever and Jaundice is also one of the severe cases that have been reported.
The wound will take less time to heal. Minor scarring takes little time to heal. The smaller scar would mean fewer chances of infections and other complications.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- You will receive aftercare for minimum two years with Weight Loss Clinic
- Our helpline, as our healthcare professionals, are available to you any time of the day, every month, all year round.
- With our helpful and skilled staff you will receive constant guidance and support for your pre-surgery, surgery, and post surgery.
- You can get in touch with our other patients who can share with you their stories and experiences to put your mind at ease about your own surgery.
- We offer transportation for you pre and post surgery so you don’t have to worry about creating any complications for you during your drive to and from surgery.
You will have to book a consultation with us first. You might think it is a waste of time, but our surgeons and dedicated staff will not compromise on your safety and post-op care by skipping this highly important part of any medical procedure. Surgeons will not tell you that you need the surgery if you absolutely don’t and they will not recommend it just because you wish for it either. Specified criteria need to be met for you to become eligible for surgery.
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Although we try to keep our prices as competitive as possible, for some patients it might be necessary to have some sort of loan or financing for convenient payments. We cannot offer such payments ourselves but we can suggest different finance companies with good repayment and low cost financing. You can get in touch with your liaison for details on that.
Alternatively, if you are not eligible for a loan or do not wish for that, you can start savings with us well in advance of your surgery date. You can pay monthly installments to Weight Loss Clinic and save money for your procedure. Should you choose for this option, you can communicate this to your liaison as well.