Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic (lapah-ROS-ko-pik) Cholecystectomy (ko-le-sis-TEK-to-me) is surgery to treat gallbladder and bile duct diseases. These diseases include cholecystitis (swelling of the gallbladder) and cholelithiasis (stones in the gallbladder or bile ducts) - Lucky me I have both.

In a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, small incisions (cuts) are made in your abdomen. Special tools will be inserted along with a laparoscope through these incisions to do the surgery. A laparascope is a long metal tube with a light and tiny video camera on the end. This gives caregivers a clear view of the abdominal area while watching the images on a monitor. During this surgery, your gallbladder and gallstones will be removed. With a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, cholecystitis and cholelithiasis may be cured and the symptoms they cause relieved.

SOUNDS VERY ENCOURAGING! Wish me luck. I'm being wheeled in to pre-op at 8:30a.


Surgery was done earlier this morning and was a success. I feel like shit. Bring on the PERCOCET baby!

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