Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)


Cholecystectomy is a procedure when a gallbladder is removed, most often because of gallstones. Cholecystectomy may be performed as an open or laparoscopic procedure. Laparoscopic treatment is now the gold standard for surgical treatment of gallstones.


  • less pain,
  • faster recovery,
  • shorter hospital stay,
  • better cosmetic effect,
  • minimised risk of infection.

Indications and contraindications

  • symptomatic gallstones
    — 2 episodes of biliary colic in 1 month,
  • chronic cholecystitis,
  • acute cholecystitis,
  • hydrops of gallbladder.
  • gallbladder neoplasm,
  • multiple post-surgical adhesions,
  • 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy,
  • inflammation of the pancreas,
  • severe circulatory insufficiency,
  • inflammation of the peritoneum,
  • portal hypertension,
  • cirrhosis and severe coagulation disorders.

Eligibility for the procedure:

The decision on your surgery is taken during a pre-operative visit when a doctor assesses your eligibility, selects the optimum procedure and orders necessary tests.  The decision is made on the basis of test results and your general condition. Then a convenient date is selected.

Before the procedure:

  • One week before the procedure you should have the following blood tests done: full blood count, electrolyte test, coagulation test, blood type, glucose, creatinine, Hbs antigen, ANTI-HCV.
  • If you have other medical conditions, please consult your attending doctors and bring a certificate that there are no contraindications to the surgical procedure.
  • If you are on anticoagulant treatment, you should switch to subcutaneous medications 7 days before the procedure.
  • Consult with the attending doctor whether to take any medications on the day of the procedure.
  • On the day of the surgery you should come to hospital on an empty stomach.


  • The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
  • During the laparoscopic procedure 4 incisions are made in the abdominal wall and laparoscopic instruments are inserted (their diameter is between 5 and 10 mm).
  • The procedure lasts from 30 to 60 minutes.

After the procedure:

After laparoscopic cholecystectomy you can return to normal activity, but you should follow these guidelines:

  • Physical exercise should be limited for up to 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • The wound should be rinsed with Octenisept solution every day.
  • Sutures are removed on the 7th day after the procedure.
  • Histopathology results should be collected 14 days after the surgery.

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