Cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder Removal)

What is a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)?

Illustration of gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) surgery.

Cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal surgery, is the surgical removal of the gall bladder.

It is performed when the recurring formation of gallstones on the wall of the gall bladder:

  • Leads to severe symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and digestive problems.
  • Results in complications such as infections.

How it works

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the recommended treatment for patients with symptomatic gallstones. It uses keyhole surgery to remove diseased or inflamed gall bladders.

During the procedure, fine instruments and a video camera are inserted into the abdomen through small incisions. These small incisions enable faster recovery and lower infection risk.

Why do you need a cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy or gall bladder removal may be recommended if you experience recurring gallstone formation or severe symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain (usually on the right side, just under the ribs, or in the upper middle part of the stomach)
  • Pain in the back or right shoulder
  • Bloating or indigestion
  • Nausea or vomiting

If left untreated, gallstones can result in complications such as:

  • Cholecystitis (infection of the gall bladder)
  • Cholangitis (blockage of the bile duct resulting in pain, fever and jaundice)
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)

What are the risks and complications of a cholecystectomy?

Cholecystectomy is a safe procedure, with a low risk of complications. However, like any other surgery, it carries a small risk.

Risks and complications of cholecystectomy include:

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

With a track record of more than 40 years, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals are trusted medical institutions in Singapore and the region for general surgery and treatment.

Our general surgeons leverage their skill and expertise in minimally invasive procedures like cholecystectomy to return gall bladder patients to optimal health.

Our well-equipped hospital facilities and multidisciplinary medical team ensure that our patients get the care and focus they deserve after their procedure.

Our general surgeons

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, our capable team of surgeons bring together a culmination of expertise and experience across different medical sub-specialties.

Our surgical team is skilled in clinical procedures like minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery which delivers good outcomes for our patients with gall bladder conditions.

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