Who is it recommended for?
Cholecystectomy is the recommended surgery for those with gallstone disease and its complications such as inflammation (cholecystitis), infections (empyema), perforation, etc.
What are the advantages of choosing cholecystectomy over open surgery?
Cholecystectomy was one of the first surgeries to be done laparoscopically & robotically. Since then there are very few situations in which open surgery was required. In any laparoscopic surgery, the procedure is performed through tiny cuts and no open wounds. Thus, the patient experiences less pain and an excellent cosmetic outcome along with a shorter recovery period.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital and how long is the recovery?
Laparoscopic & Robotic cholecystectomy surgery can be done as a daycare procedure. However, in case you have an infection of the gall bladder or any other conditions like hypertension, diabetes, etc. you may need to get admitted to the hospital one day prior to surgery and will be discharged the day after surgery. You will be able to walk around on the day of surgery itself and will be offered a normal diet from the following day. You will be able to resume your normal routine, including going back to work, within the next few days.
What are the precautions to be taken?
There are no specific precautions required after this surgery.
Is there anything else I need to know?
At Digestive Health Institute, we also provide laparoscopic & robotic treatment for complications of gallstone disease such as rupture of the gall bladder, development of fistula with the bile duct or duodenum, stones in the bile duct (choledocholithiasis) or infection (empyema). Our surgical team is also experienced in the laparoscopic treatment of other biliary diseases such as choledochal cysts.