How are gallstones removed?

How are gallstones removed?

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.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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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Gallstones

Your gallbladder contains digestive fluids that help you process foods that you eat. When these fluids harden they are call gallstones. Gallstones range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to golf ball size. Gallstones might ...

not cause any symptoms. If you experience sudden pain in the upper right part of your abdomen or in the center of your abdomen, pain in your right shoulder or back pain between your shoulders, you may have gallstones that need medical attention.
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