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Gallbladder Removal



If you’re considering undergoing gallbladder surgery, or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy as it is sometimes known, then what better country to do so in than the one in which it was first performed? That’s right! The first ever Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy was performed by Dr. Mouret in 1987 at the Clinique de la Sauvegarde in Lyon, France.

Today, gallbladder surgery is a routine medical procedure that is performed around 80,000 times a year in France alone. Therefore, you can be sure that undergoing this procedure in France carries minimal risk and you’ll be in the safest possible hands.

What is the gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that is located below the right side of the liver. Its purpose is to aid digestion by releasing bile at mealtimes that it has previously collected from the liver. However, the gallbladder can be safely removed without impairing digestion in most people

Why does it sometimes need removing?

The main issue that can affect our gallbladders is the formation over time of tiny crystals, which can eventually become small stones. Unfortunately, little is known about why certain people develop gallstones and there are no known preventions.

These stones hinder the release of bile from the gallbladder and as a result it can become swollen and extremely painful. Gallstone sufferers can experience sharp abdominal pain, indigestion, vomiting and, occasionally, fever.

Gallstones do not go away on their own and so the only course of action is to remove the gallbladder.

How is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy performed?

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is minimally invasive keyhole surgery and generally performed under a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make four small incisions near your belly button and insert a tiny camera into your abdomen. Your surgeon can then undertake the operation using large screens that show a magnified view of your internal organs.

The gallbladder will be carefully detached and then removed through one of the incisions. These are then closed using a stitch or two and you can start your recovery process.

In a small number of cases the procedure cannot be performed via the laparoscopic method and more traditional ‘open’ surgery is needed. This decision will be made by your surgeon before or during the operation and your best interests will always be at the forefront of any decisions made.

What about the recovery period?

Despite being minimally invasive, gallbladder surgery is a major abdominal operation. However, having said that, patients usually leave the hospital the same day or the following day – a decision that your surgeon will discuss with you after the operation.

The recovery period that follows varies from patient to patient but most people will find themselves resuming normal activities after about a week. This might sound very soon but the beauty of keyhole surgery is that it affords a speedier recovery and less cosmetic impact.

So if Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is a medical procedure that you have been advised to undergo, what better place to do it than in France?

You can take advantage of the world-class healthcare system, affordable prices, significantly reduced waiting times and then explore this beautiful country as part of your recovery process.

Contact us today for a personalised quotation.