Cholecystectomy is a common surgery done to remove the gallbladder. This surgery may be necessary to provide pain relief from gallstones
It can also treat gallstones in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis), an inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis), an inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis
) or gallstones in the bile duct (choledoncholithiasis).
Most gallbladder removal surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning it’s minimally invasive, without the need for a large incision (called an open cholecystectomy). Often, a cholecystectomy can be done in same-day surgery, so you won’t have to spend a night in the hospital.