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Open Cholecystectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about open cholecystectomy?

An open cholecystectomy is surgery to remove your gallbladder through an incision in your abdomen.


How do I prepare for open cholecystectomy?

What will happen during open cholecystectomy?

What should I expect after open cholecystectomy?

You may be taken to a recovery room until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will watch you closely for problems. Do not get out of bed until your provider says it is okay. When your provider sees that you are okay, you will be taken back to your hospital room. The bandages covering your incision keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. Your provider may remove the bandages soon after your surgery to check your incision.

What are the risks of open cholecystectomy?

The bile duct, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and other organs near the gallbladder may be damaged. You may get an infection or bleed too much. Your signs and symptoms may not go away. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. This can be life-threatening.

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