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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Gall bladder is a pouch like organ that stores the bile secreted by the liver and supplies this for effective metabolism of food. Sometimes there are cholesterol stones or bilirubin pigment stones that form in the gall bladder and these cause poor metabolism, pain, and discomfort. In such cases, doctors recommend removal of the gall bladder through a surgery called the cholecystectomy. The introduction of laparoscopic surgery has made this a quick procedure. Three or four small incisions are made around the gall bladder (instead of a long one made in an open surgery). A laparoscope fitted with a camera is inserted and the internal organs are monitored real time. The gall bladder is then removed. In case of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery, the patient may return home the same or the following day and the recovery period is a much shorter.