Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive surgery performed to remove the gallbladder. It helps people when gallstones cause health problems such as inflammation, pain or infection.
In the past, surgeons made large incisions (open surgery) to remove the gallbladder, but today, surgeons can do so with small instruments and a few cuts. This is known as a laparoscopic surgery, and the main instrument is called a laparoscope. It involves inserting a tiny video camera and special surgical tools to remove the gallbladder.
Advantages of a Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery:
• Smaller incision – Several small incisions, each less than one (1) inch long, instead of a 5- to 7-inch incision for open surgery.
• Less pain than after open surgery.
• Faster recovery than open surgery –You can also go back to regular activities more quickly.