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Gallbladder Removal Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Nebraska Patient Education

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Published on Apr 20, 2012

The gallbladder is a small organ located below the liver. It's function is to store bile used by the instestines to digest food.

Gallstones - small calcified deposits - sometimes form and block the bile ducts which lead from the gallbladder to the intestines.

In many cases, the problem becomes so severe, that the only effective treatment is to remove the entire gallbladder.

This is the most common reason for gallbladder surgery.

Then, after you're asleep, your doctor will make a small, vertical incision in your navel.

Using a pair of small retractors, the surgeon will gently open the incision and divide the exposed tissues.

Sutures resembling a purse string are placed in the skin around the navel.

Next, a special instrument called a Hassan Trocar is inserted through the opening in the navel.

The purse string sutures are pulled, causing the skin to tighten around the instrument. This creates an airtight seal.

The team then connects the Trocar to a small hose ...

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