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Cholecystectomy is a medical term for a gallbladder removal procedure. The gallbladder is located at the top of the liver on the right side of the abdomen. The function of the gallbladder is to bile. Many times the gallbladder fails to work properly of may develop gallstones which must be surgically removed. Cholecystectomy is a very common procedure and many people are home the same day of the surgery. To learn more about cholecystectomy, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

What are treatments for post Cholecystectomy symptoms?

Post cholecystectomy treatments may include medical and surgical steps depending upon the necessity. Medical treatment generally consists of medicine to regulate and reduce symptoms related to gastritis and an over production of bile in the intestines. Prilosec 20 mg twice daily is generally used. Cholestyramine may be used to control diarrhea often associated with this condition. Of course other types of anti-diarrhea medication may be used. Antacid H2 receptors may be used to provide relieve from gastritis symptoms.

If testing determines that there may be structural issues stemming from the cholecystectomy, surgery may be required to resolve the issue.

What does Cholecystectomy mean?

Cholecystectomy is a medical term used to describe the removal of the gallbladder. This surgery is usually required if a patient is suffering from gallstones which may block the flow of bile from the gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy may be a better option to open surgery due to the less invasive nature of the procedure. Less scarring and less recovery time may be expected with laparoscopic surgery. Patients who undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy generally go home the same day of the surgery which usually takes less than an hour to perform.

What is status post Cholecystectomy?

Status post cholecystectomy is basically a medical term that is used to inform the medical staff that a prior surgery has been performed. This term may be used for any surgical procedure such as status post appendectomy meaning the patient's appendix has been surgically removed. The term generally states prior surgical procedures and may or may not state the outcome of the surgical procedures.

What are the possible complications of lap Cholecystectomy?

Generally the most common complications associated with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy may be an infection and or adhesions (scarring). However the possibility of this occurring is usually less than an open surgical procedure. There have been rare occasions where injury may be inflicted to the bile duct which may cause leaking of bile. Another possible complication may be an abscess with symptoms that may include abdominal pain and fever. However this is not a common occurrence.

Cholecystectomy surgeries occur daily and are commonly called gall bladder surgeries. In past years a gallbladder surgery was a very invasive surgery leaving a person with a very large scar and a long recovery time. However, now a cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery) is a speedy surgical technique with only 4-5 tiny incisions and a shorter recovery time. If a person has questions or concerns regarding a cholecystectomy, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight and suggestions for proper treatment.
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