Keyhole Gallbladder Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)

When is a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Performed?

Keyhole Gallbladder Surgery, or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, is a minimally invasive surgery performed to remove the gallbladder. It is typically performed to help people when gallstones cause health problems such as inflammation, pain or infection.

A minimally invasive gallbladder surgery is also indicated for the treatment of:

  • Stones in the gallbladder
  • Gallstones in the bile duct
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Large gallbladder polyps
  • Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis) due to gallstones

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. They will make several small cuts on your abdomen so they can insert tubes (ports) into your abdomen. Your gallbladder surgeon will then insert surgical instruments through the ports along with a telescope so they can see inside your abdomen and perform the operation.

This minimally invasive procedure is associated with less pain, less scarring and allows you to return to your normal activities faster.

Image of a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Keyhole Gallbladder Surgery

Advantages of a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy:

• 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.

Dr Kan is well experienced in simple and complex gallbladder surgeries. He spent time in the UK to train in the management and treatment of gallstones through open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy methods.