What happens during the surgery?
If having keyhole surgery, your surgeon will make small cuts in your abdomen. Harmless carbon dioxide gas is used to gently inflate your abdomen to create space. This makes it easier for your surgeon to see your internal organs. They’ll use a long thin telescope called a laparoscope to view your internal organs on a television screen. Your surgeon may also take X-rays during the treatment to check there are no gallstones in the bile duct.
Once your gallbladder has been removed, the carbon dioxide gas is allowed to escape and any surgical instruments are removed. Your surgeon will close the cuts with stitches or metal clips and apply a dressing.2 It is not always possible to remove the gallbladder through keyhole surgery; therefore open surgery may be needed.