What happens during surgery to remove the gallbladder?

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Gallbladder removal is commonly performed with minimally invasive -- either laparoscopic or robotic -- surgery. This results in smaller incisions, which can help with less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.

The gallbladder is connected to a structure called the bile duct by a small tubular duct called the cystic duct. There is also a small blood vessel to the gallbladder called the cystic artery. During surgery, these are closed off usually with metal surgical clips and then the gallbladder is freed from its attachments to the liver and removed.

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