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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.
Gallstones are removed in a procedure that's called a cholecystectomy. In this video Rick Kline, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, explains more about gallstone removal.
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