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Cholecystectomy to Remove Gallbladder

Gallbladder Anatomy

GallbladderThe gallbladder is a small pear-shaped, gray-blue*, sac-like organ located on the under-surface of the right lobe of the liver in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. Ducts (tubes) connect the gallbladder to the small intestine (duodenum). The gallbladder is divided into the fundus, body and neck. The liver makes 3-5 cups of bile every day. The main function of the gallbladder is to collect and store the digestive juice called bile that is secreted by the liver. The bile is then passed through cystic ducts into the bile ducts and finally into the intestine to aid in the digestion process when food is eaten, especially fatty foods. When the gallbladder is taken out, this function is taken over by the liver and its ducts. Problems with the gallbladder interrupt the total functioning of the digestive system. (*shown as green in the image)

Gallbladder problems include:

cholelithiasis (gallstones), where solid components of the bile from stones of various sizes. Gallstones can get in the bile duct, blocking the flow of bile causing swelling of the gallbladder and pain in the abdominal area. Cholelithiasis is associated with abdominal pain in the right upper quadrant all the way up to the right shoulder and may occur after fatty meal. Symptoms of jaundice may also go with cholelithiasis. Gallstones are found in about 15% of men and 30% of women in the U.S.

cholecystitis, which is the inflammation of the gallbladder due to infections. The most common symptoms of cholecystitis is sharp abdominal pain on the right side along with nausea, bloating, fever, vomiting and jaundice if gallstones are in the common bile duct. Cholecystitis can happen suddenly (acute) or over a longer period (chronic).

perforated gallbladder is a condition where the gallbladder leaks or bursts. This happens rarely, but it can be life threatening.

Gallstones are usually diagnosed by ultrasound—a safe, painless, and non-invasive technique that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the gallbladder and gallstones. In order to relieve symptoms and complications, the gallbladder is removed surgically, called cholecystectomy.

Cholecystectomy Procedure

Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. More than 500,000 procedures are performed each year in the U.S. Cholecystectomy is usually done for gallstones and can be performed in two ways:
• open cholecystectomy
• laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Risks, Benefits, and Complications of Cholecystectomy

The benefit of having your gallbladder removed is relief of pain and most likely stop gallstones from coming back. If you don’t have gallbladder surgery, you risk the possibility of your symptoms getting worse, infection or the gallbladder bursting and infecting your abdominal cavity. Although there is some risk with all surgery, gallbladder removal is a very common surgery and the risks are small. Possible complications involved in open cholecystectomy are:
• bleeding
• injury to the common bile duct
• numbness
• raised scars
• hernia at the incision site
• puncture of the intestine
• wound infection
• abscess formation
respiratory problems (pneumonia)
deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)

Risks are lower with laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, while inserting instruments and performing surgery, there is risk of injury to the common bile duct, which is the connection between the liver and the gallbladder. Minor injuries to the common bile duct are treated non-surgically, but major injuries can cause severe infection and pain and need corrective surgery.

Preparing for Cholecystectomy

Like any other surgical procedure, you will have to sign an informed consent that says you understand the procedure, its risks and potential complications and agree to have the surgery.

You shouldn’t have anything to eat or drink after midnight before the day of surgery. You can usually take your daily medicines on the morning of surgery with a sip of water. Talk to your surgeon before taking blood thinners that morning. If you smoke, quit smoking and using tobacco products before surgery and while you are healing; nicotine has been shown to slow down the healing process. Do not use nicotine patches or gum as they also put nicotine into your system.


Both surgical techniques are done under general anesthesia by a general surgeon. You will meet with the anesthesiologist before your operation. Be sure to let them know any problems you have had in the past with anesthesia or surgery. Also let them know if you:
• have any allergies
• have loose teeth or dental work
• have heart or lung disease
• have any health condition including stomach problems
• smoke, use alcohol or drugs
• take vitamins or supplements
• take daily medicines and what those are

With general anesthesia you will be asleep during the surgery and will not feel any pain.

What to Bring to the Hospital

• Insurance card and picture identification (driver’s license)
• Advance Directives
• Your glasses or dentures
• Loose fitting, comfortable clothes
• List of any medicines you take every day

Do not bring anything of value to the hospital such as jewelry, money, or electronics. The hospital will not be responsible if they are lost or stolen.

Prior to Cholecystectomy

You will get an ID bracelet on admission and taken to a presurgery area to change into a gown and have an IV placed in your arm or hand. The IV will be used to give you medicines and fluids. You may receive medicine to help you relax before they take you to surgery.

Open Cholecystectomy

This is the older procedure involving a 4 to 6 inch up-and-down incision in the right upper portion of the abdomen, or a slant incision just below the ribs on the right side. The peritoneum is cut and the gallbladder is removed. The incisions are then closed. In order to prevent accumulation of fluid at the incision site, drains may be used. The drain is usually removed in the hospital. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. If there are no complications following surgery, you will be in the hospital for one to three days followed by 4 weeks’ rest at home before you can get back to your normal lifestyle. In more complicated cases, it may be 4 to 8 weeks before you get back to normal activity.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopy - shows the abdomen is distended with gas inside and instruments placed in the abdomen

Laparoscopy - shows instruments in the abdomen and the abdomen distended from the gas pumped inside.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, often called “lap choly” is the latest procedure and is extensively used worldwide. During laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the surgeon makes four very small incisions (slits) of less than half an inch each. One slit is at the belly button, two are on the right side below the ribcage, and one is in the upper portion below the sternum, or breastbone. A tube is inserted into one of the slits and the abdominal cavity has been filled with carbon dioxide gas to inflate the area so the surgeon can see to work inside. A laparoscope is inserted in one of the other slits. A laparoscope is long tube with a small video camera and light on the end. This camera is connected to a video monitor, where the surgeon gets a good view of the organs and can do the surgery accurately. The other incisions are used to insert various instruments to grasp and remove the gallbladder. The surgeon guides the laparoscope while watching the view it provides on a video monitor. The gallbladder is separated from the common bile duct and removed with a grasper tool through one of the incisions. Once the gallbladder is removed, the carbon dioxide gas is removed and all incisions are sutured or closed with tape strips. The procedure takes 1-2 hours.

In about 1 in 30 to 40 cases, the surgeon may start with laparoscopic surgery, but complications may cause the technique to be changed to open surgery. Complications include a severely diseased gallbladder, not being able to see the organs clearly, or the instruments cannot be used without risks. It’s important to know that even though you are expecting to have a laparoscopy, there is a chance of having an open cholecystectomy.

The need to convert from laparoscopic to open surgery is more common if:
• you are over age 65
• male
• have a history of acute cholecystitis
• have had prior abdominal surgery
• have a high fever or high bilirubin
• repeated gallbladder attacks
• other diseases that limit your activity

After Cholecystectomy

You will be taken to the recovery room until you wake up and are past any problems from the surgery. Careful attention is given in recovery as with any major surgery. Your blood pressure is monitored closely as well as your pulse, breathing and temperature.

Moving and deep breathing will help prevent fluid in your lungs and pneumonia. An effective way to breath deeply is to take a deep breath and hold it for 5 seconds. Take 5 to 10 deep breaths every hour while you are awake. Because of the anesthesia and not moving around, your risk of getting blood clots in your legs is increased. During surgery you may have had sequential compression stockings to help prevent blood clots. After surgery, it is important to get up as soon as possible and walk around to prevent blood clots.

It’s normal to feel tired for several days and you may need more sleep than usual. Don’t drive until your pain is under control without narcotics and your surgeon says it’s OK.

After Open Cholecystectomy

You may not be able to breathe deeply due to the effects of anesthesia or because of pain. Pain medications will be given to relieve pain. Be sure to let the nurses know if the pain medicine is not working. Controlling pain is very important; you want to feel like moving around and taking deep breaths, which will help prevent complications that can make your recovery take longer. Doing deep breathing exercises is very important in preventing pneumonia. The nurses will show you how to support to the incision with a pillow (splinting) while doing deep breathing exercises or coughing. Your incision site is checked for drainage and infection.

Your diet will start as intravenous fluid and then slowly you will be given a regular diet as your bowel activity returns to normal and any nausea has stopped. It’s normal to have loose bowel movements for a few days after surgery. Pain medicine can cause constipation. If you are constipated increase the fiber in your diet or try a stool softener. Foods high in fiber include grains, fruits and beans.

You will go home in about 3-5 days. Slowly increase your activities. Do not lift of do any strenuous activity for 3-5 days. Returning to normal activities takes four to six weeks after surgery depending on your overall health and whether you had any complications.

Wound Care. Do not soak in a bathtub until your stitches or staples are removed and your wound has healed. It’s OK to take a shower unless your surgeon tells you not to. Protect the new skin of your incision from the sun as it can cause darker scarring; keep it out of the sun or wear sun screen for at least a year. Wear clothes that don’t rub against your incision. Change your bandages just as your surgeon prescribes and always wash your hands before and after touching near your incision site. Your scar will heal in about 4 to 6 weeks; it will get softer and fade over the next year. The feeling around your incision will come back in a few weeks or months.

After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Pain from surgery can probably be controlled with pills. The abdominal pain can be accompanied with nausea and/or vomiting. Let the nurses know if you are nauseated; they can give you medicine to relieve the nausea. Liquids are OK to drink within 6 to 8 hours of surgery; solid food is allowed the day after the surgery. Pain medicine can cause constipation. If you are constipated increase the fiber in your diet or try a stool softener. Foods high in fiber include grains, fruits and beans.

Discharge from hospital is generally the same day. Slowly increase your activities. Do not lift of do any strenuous activity for 3-5 days. Returning to normal activities takes around 7 to 10 days. However, if you have other health conditions, you may have a longer hospital stay or recovery at home and a longer recovery period.

Wound Care.

Do not soak in a bathtub until your steri-strips fall off (7-10 days) and your wound has healed. It’s OK to take a shower unless your surgeon tells you not to.


After the procedure, the gallbladder is sent for biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of either cholelithiasis or cholecystitis. The biopsy also helps to find cancer. If cancer is found, the patient might need to undergo another surgery to remove part of the liver or lymph nodes that are affected.

When to Call Your Surgeon

When you are discharged the nurses will tell you when to make an appointment for follow-up with your surgeon. Stitches or staples will be removed at follow-up. If you think you have a fever, take your temperature. If you have any of the following, you should contact your surgeon right away:
• Pain that gets worse or will not go away with your pain medicine
• A fever of more than 100.5°F
• Vomiting
• Strong abdominal pain
• No bowel movement or cannot pass gas for 3 days
• Watery diarrhea that lasts longer than 3 days
• If you have drainage from your incision
• If the edges of your incision separate

If you have symptoms of a life threatening emergency call 911.


A small number of people are affected with post cholecystectomy syndrome, which has symptoms like gastrointestinal distress and/or constant pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Some others can develop chronic diarrhea after surgery. This can happen since the surgery causes disturbances in the bile duct. Most of the time no treatment is needed and clears up on its own within a few weeks. Many people have no symptoms at all after having their gallbladder removed.


  1. Brandi Schadler says

    I had my gallbladder surgery in December of 2019 and a few months ago I noticed a knott in my stomach around the area of where my gallbladder should be the knott is getting harder and the sharp pain almost like something sharp is trying to push it’s way out of my stomach you think my body is rejecting something that was left in it? Kind of like when your body pushes out a splinter. I’m so scared to go to the ER

  2. My father had a lapchole this week, but unfortunately he had a complications after surgery he vomited and felt consistent pain on the abdomen for 24 hrs he can’t eat he can’t walk due to pain.. which is not normal.. Later found out in ultrasound and lab results low hemoglobin and says there’s internal bleeding caused by camera injury, they hit the vein maybe.. They repeat the procedure in the operating room and advised to have blood transfusion for 2 units..given hemostat prior to surgery, given vit k, tramadol, antibiotic, paracetamol, after the surgery.. Now he is ok..

    But what we are worrying about is the jackson prat (PJ) INSERTED ON HIS ABDOMEN SUCTIONING BLOOD.. It’s been 4 days after the surgery.. Still the blood is there 20 cc every 12 hrs.. And hes follow up check up is after one week.. Afraid when it stops feeling 20 cc is normal every 12 hrs… How to help my father recover and stoped the bleeding thanks and more power

  3. I am 3 weeks out from a laparoscopy. I have stitches in the muscle to prevent a hernia. I am in so much pain when I bend, roll over at night, hit a bump in the car…
    This morning I woke up hyperventilating from pain. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the muscle much like it did the day I came home from surgery. I’ve asked around and 3 drs have said it’s normal but I have never heard of so much pain 3 weeks out like this. It’s horrible and most times I just want to cry. It’s not red, inflamed, and my incisions do not hurt!!

  4. Rhonda VanRyswyk says

    Last week my husband had to take me to the emergency room I have a little hernia I thought that it was strangulating well it turns out they wanted CT scan and the blood work CT scan showed air pocket and my gallbladder being inflamed it wasn’t even the hernia wasn’t not the problem air pocket or something with the hernia was releasing the toxins out of my gallbladder and my white blood cells went Sky High well after 5 days of being in the hospital sleeping Non-Stop do to them pumping me up with morphine I am pumps going out of my nose and my stomach why did I come home and my stomach is wide open there is not one stitch not one staple not nothing I look my stomach looks like it belongs on autopsy table at the mortuary it’s just a new procedure or something ? Is this a new procedure just leave your gut wide open what I’m 48 years old and my stomach is disgusting somebody tell me please oh and by the way my incision is 6 inch long straight up and down my belly button and completely open

  5. “Staples aren’t used on the inside. They may use clips to close off ducts, which do stay inside. Any stitches that might be used on the inside will dissolve.”
    I had gall bladder surgery in 1991 and they had to cut it away from my liver and intestines. They left 97 staples inside of me. I was told this by a doctor when I had an xray taken and we counted them. I have had pain in my right quadrant off and on since then. Sometimes severe. I believe that scar tissue has built up around the staples and that is what is causing my pain. All tests over the years have been normal. Just seems to be something I have to live with.

  6. Sunehna balu says

    I had my surgery 5 days ago and am a bit concerned with my stitches. The stitches in my belly button seem to have created a fold ib my stomach ti the right of my belly button making me look slightly disfigured, and causing a lump in the surface area. Will thid go away when the stitches dissolve or is this something I need to get looked at? It really concerning me.

  7. Advice please.
    Had my gallbladder removed 9 days ago. Pain is getting worse. Bloating has not reduced. Stomach hot to touch. Got my period yesterday and im in so much pain. This morning i almost passed out. I feel very sick too.
    Do i call someone? Is this nomal?

  8. i just had my gallbladder removed and I had 10 gallstones that were a size of a bean. My bowles still have not moved yet and its going on 3 days but they told me to take a stool softner to see if that works. I am very sore but other than that the Surgeon did and excellent job in removing the gallbladder and so far I have no complications at all and I don’t even have diarrhea yet so I am hoping that my bowels will move soon so I can get back on track of things!

  9. Thane Baty says

    Hello, I just found out I have gallstones. The pain med is causing constipation. Hopefully they will remove the gall bladder next week. I have AS, high blood pressure, and have lymphedema in my legs. I have treatment for pain and inflammation every eight weeks. The gall stones are causing much difficulty to breathe. I am 73. I also weigh about 365 lbs. Do you think they can help me? thank you..

  10. Kristine Nelson says

    I think the clamps stay inside & are there to close off the ducts where the gallbladder was removed. I had my gallbladder removed a little over a year ago. I have a surgical hernia that I need to have repaired. My gallbladder attacks were so bad I came down with pancreatitis and renal failure. My right kidney is in failure. Does anybody know if my kidney will or can rejuvenate? The surgeon recommended I remove my right kidney…after weighing out the pro’s & con’s. ..I don’t think I will let the surgeon remove my kidney. The health risks seem greater than if I just keep my kidney.

  11. I had my gallbladder removed in 1999. Recovered very well after surgery and experienced no complications. All my symptoms disappeared after my choly. About 6 months ago I started feeling pain in my right upper side under my rib cage, not too strong but just a piercing sensation which feels worst at night. I noticed the symptoms changing to where I feel full (even without eating), swollen (abdominal right side only) and nauseated with constant pain. I went to visit a doctor who took some x-rays and 3 staples (that’s what he called them) showed up on my upper right side. I had never seen that before and I’ve had x-rays taken of my abdomen after my choly before that day. The doctor said just observe the symptoms and see if they change. I starting noticing like a bump or knot under my rib cage that feels very sensitive to touch and even when I lay down. If I lay on my right side I feel pressure inside and the pain runs to my shoulder blade. I went to another doctor with my symptoms and he thinks the duct may be filling with bile and causing my discomfort. He sent me for a sonogram and also did some blood work. I’m supposed to go back today to get my results. I wanted to take a copy of my x-rays to my current doctor but the doc who took them only has the film and no report. He said he can’t fax or email them. I have to go and take a pic of the film on the light to be able to show my current doctor. I think that’s so inconvenient now a day with so much technology available. Anyways, he’s an hour away from where I live so I don’t have the time or want to drive over there. Although, it was very shocking to me to see the staples in the x-rays after so many years after surgery. Maybe I’ll go sometime this week and take a picture (first time hearing this process too). I’m still feeling pain so hopefully my current doc can help with that. I’m also currious to see what the sonogram shows hopefully nothing that needs another surgery. Most likely I will have to change my diet completely. Also, wanted to mention that after my choly I started experiencing frequent urinary tract infections not sure if it’s related but very notable.

  12. I had gallbladder surgery 2 years ago I still get pain on my upper left abdomen like a pinching sensation or very sensitive to the touch when I went to the chiropractor and got x-rays there was a staple left in there is that normal?

  13. I had my gallbladder taken out the old way with the big incision. Cause it was badly effected and old scar yissue but its been almost three weeks they took drain out few days after surgery then a pocket of bile built up sp they removed 3 of the staples and opened incision to let drain but now incision closed buy itself and again the fluid built up around the incision. And its a big pocket of this my question is 1 is this normal and 2 does this go away buy it self are deff has to be drained again anyone with any imput please respond thank you.

  14. Lynette says

    Hi.. I had open cholecystectomy a month ago, i still feel some numbness around my surgical cut… how long does it take for the feeling to come back, and/or is this normal?? I haven’t had any side effects from the surgery… Thank God!! only the numbness

  15. I almost feel bad that I have no complaints! I had laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery 3 days ago and life is good. I took only one pain pill the evening of the day of the surgery along with one anti-nausea pill. I ate a small bowl of chicken and vegetable soup and slept quite a bit. I have eaten nothing but fresh fruits including melon pineapple and grapes along with fresh salads made of spring mix and beets and raw almonds and this morning had a couple of eggs and whole wheat toast with jelly. I was able to go to the bathroom on the second day. My suggestion is eat clean and green and take the supplement psyllium husk. To not do too much physical activity but walk around your house on the second day.

  16. Hi, I went for my outpatient check-up this morning. I had a few issues with diaherra after gallbladder removal from a giant stone that led to inflammation, I am talking ignoring the pain for 8 years ( stupid and conditioned ) anyway, stayed 5 days, after ok but the diaherra lasted 9 days and wee hurt for the same amount of days. Went to my near doctor and got 3 days of antibiotics due to the wee pain and it cleared up. No worries. I asked the doctor, what kind of clip they used to close the tube connected to the intestine since the gallbladder is gone and she told me it is of a metal type and no worries s, lets see after 3 months I have a check-up.Up until then .

  17. Hi, Gallbladder out 8 years ago. Body failed to work normally from day one. @ two months mass build up weight gain, 6 months stomach pains, 9 months massive bloating , fatigue , stress. Pre surgery my heath was fantastic, endurance sports, gym junkie 3-4 times per week. Know the only way to stay healthy or recover heath complications is to work bile out of liver , daily cardio exercise and 6 to 9 hours per day for 8 weeks to recover – flush out a long list of complications. returning to work, desk job , my heath only last 4 weeks . Massive bloating, stomach pains, fatigue, reflux, breathing difficulties, Chronic flu problems lasting up to a month when run down. At the same time mobility issues (food won’t leave my stomach ). At 9 months heath shut down, complications get so bad I have to quit work and kick of another cardio flush out programme to recover my heath. Life has been a living hell. Have changed diet ,low fat, no Gluten, Dairy etc. but has no effect to stop the shut down. I find cardio treatment to recover health only works if done daily and for more than 6 hours / 8 weeks. This cycle of heath shutdown to the point of been crippled has caused so much stress / mental torture. Cannot do this anymore. Body is starting to give out. My surgeon at the time and later advised in medical reviews for treatment support, the existence of post-cholecystectomy-syndrome is simply controversial and health issues not a result of removing my Gallbladder and its function. However I suspect it is. The single stone that came out was Brown Pigmented. Reading Surgeon text books, my single gallstone stone was most likely formed in a bile duct not Gallbladder (zero family history, eat super healthy, low fat for many years) . I originally had no health issues except a right side niggle under my shoulder blade in mornings or after gym work out coffee. Not attack or any other pain. The original pain never left after surgery , returns from time to time or when kicking off cardio program . I strongly suspect the main bile duct could be blocked / damaged from surgery, and bile is not reaching food in sufficient quantities for processing resulting in my problems. [ Food intolerances / allergies = inflammation inside = bloating = weakness and fatigue] . I have not been able to get a diagnosis on why my health failed from day one form many GI doctors except IBS try a fodmap diet. Unable to maintain full time employment for 8 years and having to take months off work to recover has taken a huge toll on my life… its live hell. Cannot keep living like this, have no savings lift to put food on the table. Do you think my issues are a result of my surgery ? Thanks John

  18. Our daughter had hers taken out on July 2. All of the problems she was having eating are GONE. Fantastic.

  19. I had my gallbladder taken out 7days ago today. I am male, 49 and have always eaten a healthy diet with plenty of exercise. There is a family history of GB stones/disease, my mum, her mum both had theirs removed. My dad has stones and had a procedure to have one removed last yer- he is 82.
    My procedure was “lap-choly” following a number of attacks and the ability to eat the most simple of foods without discomfort. They took the GB out from an incision below the sternum which is 4″ or so long. The belly button one is small. I have two incisions on my right side, one not worth mentioning and the other is currently still open a little after I had the drain removed 2days ago- it is closing fast. I guess a question I have is why would they have used the opening at the base of the sternum? I am no longer taking pain meds though I still have discomfort which is manageable. The majority of the pain reduced following removal of the drain. I am still requiring small meals as I feel full pretty easily. My meals are fat free apart from tiny bits that are unavoidable. Any ideas on why the sternum incision was used and why it is so big? thanks if u can offer something,

  20. Have had back xray and it said surgiacal staples of right upper quadrant. Did have glablarrer taken out 6 yrs ago.. is that normal. To see staples with back xrays from that ..

  21. if you have a ruptured naval can you still do the surgery through the naval.?

  22. kumar navneet says

    Sir my mother has gone for gallbladder as well as cbd open surgery two weeks back but still from common bile duct drain is coming out wheather it is normal situation please help me to know the exact problem related to common bile duct and gallbladder pre or post surgical problems.other things are normal she has started normal diet and there is no pain at all

  23. If you ignore the bad gallbladder symptoms it will become worse and need to remove the gallbladder in the worst case. Remember that the most serious complication of cholecystectomy is damage to the common bile duct. This happens to about 0.25% of cases.Damage to the duct that causes leakage typically manifests as jaundice and abdominal pain several days following cholecystectomy. It also cause fever.

  24. kathryn rivera says

    My mother in law had a laproscopic gall bladder removal and she has staples is that normal?

  25. No, her appendix was removed 3 years ago. And like I said the X-ray we compaired it to had no stamples/clamps.

  26. Media Partners says

    Maybe they got her appendix while they were in there? 🙂 Mine was removed 15 years ago, so maybe things have changed. I’ll ask the surgeon next time I see him.

  27. My daughter had her gallbladder removed at the end of March 2012 and she is still having some stomache issues. We were on vacation and she hurt her hip and ended up in the ER. She had a X-ray and it showed a staple/clamp in the low right pelvis bone area. So when we got home I mentioned it to our Dr and he did anthoner X-ray of more of her stomache area and it shows 2 staples/clamps in the upper right area (where her gallbladder was) AND a staple/clamp still in the lower pelvis area. So we reviewed a old X-ray from a year prior which showed NO staples/clamps. So my question is should they have used 2 or 3 staples and 1 has fallen or 1 was dropped into her.

  28. Media Partners says

    I had a lapcholy and they told me the only thing left inside was where they clamped off the gallbladder before they cut it and pulled it through the hole in my stomach. There are no staples inside. I will double check and post here if different.

  29. Ater laparoscopic

  30. Media Partners says

    After laparoscopic or regular incision?

  31. Does anyony know how many staples/clamps they leave inside of you after gallbladder surgery?…

  32. I had gall bladder and stones removed 2 yr ago and have been having very strong pains in upper right qudrant of abdomen for a year now. It is every bit as bad as before surgery but lasts only 20-30 minutes so far and only every few weeks. Why is this

  33. Media Partners says

    Krysta, we don’t give medical advice on this site. Our goal is to give people basic information so they can talk with their doctor about their own unique situation. It’s funny that you mention your “pain” in your side. I also had a lap choly many years ago and about a year ago started having a pain in the left side, right under my rib. It doesn’t kill me or even hurt really bad, it hurts just enough to know it’s there. It comes and goes for weeks at a time. A year ago I mentioned it to my PCP who sent me to a gastroenterologist who recommended a colonoscopy and a CAT scan. Both normal. He said, maybe it’s a clip from prior abdominal surgery. So we “watched it” for a year and it never got better or worse. So…??? But, it did worry me enough to see about it to begin with. Being a health writer, I tend to come down with everything I research and write about. 🙂

  34. Hello.

    I had a laparascopic cholecystectomy in 2000 and lately I’ve been feeling something in my upper right quadrant just under my rib cage ‘poking’ me like it’s a clip or clamp that has been left inside.

    Is this normal or is it it time to see my PCP? The pain is usually not severe and comes and goes. No fever, nausea, vomiting or any other unusual symptoms, just this weird pain. Could it be phantom pains?

    Have a wonderful day!

  35. Media Partners says

    Staples aren’t used on the inside. They may use clips to close off ducts, which do stay inside. Any stitches that might be used on the inside will dissolve.

  36. Do the staples that they use to close the veil stays inside u or do they take them out?

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