A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gall bladder, the organ that sits below the liver on the right side of the abdomen that’s responsible for collecting and storing bile.
Cholecystectomies are commonly performed to treat gallstones and their accompanying complications. The procedure may be recommended if a patient has:
- Gallstones in the gallbladder
- Gallstones in the bile duct
- Gallbladder inflammation
- Pancreas inflammation resulting from gallstones
This is a fairly common surgery and patients usually go home the same day.