Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder removal is necessary when this small organ contains stones, which can induce pain (biliary colic) and complications, such as infection or even jaundice.

This operation is called cholecystectomy.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole gallbladder removal) consists of operating by the means of trocars, introduced into the abdomen by small holes, to allow passage of one camera and two dissecting instruments (grasper and scissors).

The operative field is visualized on a TV screen, providing the surgeon with very precise vision. The holes are only 5 and 10 mm in width.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is more demanding for the surgeon than open surgery, and requires experience, but it is much more beneficial to the patient.

This minimally invasive approach is indeed much less painful than the traditional incision.

Therefore, postoperative pain is minimal, the recovery time is very short, as well as the hospital stay.

Today our surgeons commonly perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a day-case setting, except in complicated cases, which can require a few days in hospital.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was invented in France.

The first case was performed in 1987 by Dr Philippe Mouret.

Our surgeons started using this technique in the late eighties and they have a huge experience, having operated thousands of patients, which ensures a high level of safety for the patients.

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