Cholecystectomy is a common surgery done to remove the gallbladder. This surgery may be necessary to provide pain relief from gallstones
. It also may be needed to remedy complications gallstones may cause, such as 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). A tiny video camera and special surgical tools are used through 4 small incisions in your abdomen to see inside and remove the gallbladder. Often, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy can be done in same-day surgery, so you won’t have to spend a night in the hospital.