Currently, the laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure is preferable as it is, both, highly effective and low risk due to the incision made measuring a mere 0.5 cm, meaning that patients can make a speedy recovery, often returning home within 1–2 days after the procedure.
A laparoscopic cholecystectomy involves making three to four tiny incisions, one near the belly button and two to three under the right side of the rib cage, to enable the insertion of the small camera and device used to survey the gallbladder. These instruments are used to cut the gallbladder, put it in a retrieval bag, and removed. The surgeons will then remove the camera and device and finally complete the procedure by stitching the patient’s wounds.
Although a laparoscopic cholecystectomy has an almost 95% chance of success, patients who have suffered from acute cholecystitis for over three days, as well as those with underlying health conditions, may have a lower chance with laparoscopic surgery being successful. Doctor will therefore carefully consider each case before deciding on whether to operate.
Thus, if you start to experience symptoms that make you suspect gallstones, you must not ignore them or leave them untreated for a prolonged period, as this could reduce your chances of opting for laparoscopic surgery.