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How are gallstones removed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

When infections from gallstones occur, or in more extreme cases when the gallbladder bursts, surgery is necessary. The most common removal method is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, a safe procedure that utilizes a long, thin instrument with a video lens at the tip. The laparoscope gives the surgeon a magnified view of the internal organs. Recovery time is minimal and may require only a short hospital stay.

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