Traditional open surgical methods use a large incision to allow a surgeon to access the gallbladder and remove it. Traditional surgery requires several days in the hospital and a longer time for recovery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has several advantages over traditional open surgical methods. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy uses a small-lighted camera, a laparoscope, to guide the surgery. Thin surgical instruments are passed through small incisions. The smaller incisions shorten the recovery time. It is feasible to have the surgery in the morning and return home on the same day or spend just one night in the hospital.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is associated with a lower risk of infection and other complications than traditional surgery methods. You can also expect a shorter recovery time. Your doctor will temporarily restrict your activities, but you should be able to resume your regular routine in one to two weeks.
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