Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - What does the term stands for?
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the procedure where the patient's gall bladder is removed by the techniques of laparoscopic hernia surgery. Laparoscopic surgery also refers to a minimally invasive surgery which is done by the assistance and guidance of video camera and various thin instruments. There are no such big incisions in this technique; however 4 to 5 small incisions are put as required.A small video camera is inserted from the incisions made to see the inside of your body. Then several small and tiny instruments are rolled up and down from other incisions to remove a gallstone or the entire gall bladder. Though the procedure is similar in all the hospitals yet it might vary from patient to patient. A team of highly skilled and expert doctors are available at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital, to perform this minimally invasive surgery. States of art facilities are available here for your convenience.
How long does it take to recover from a laparoscopic cholecystomy?
Patients, who have this keyhole surgery for gall bladder stones or gall bladder removal, are required for a minimum 3 to 4 day stay at the hospital. It depends on the condition of the patients too that will they be able to leave the hospital the same day or not. However, a minimum period of treatment and stay at any hospital including Bhopal Memorial Hospital is 3 days to 5 days. Though the staying period is little less than what is required in an open surgery, the recovery period is longer. A patient might take almost 4 to 6 weeks to recover from the surgery and to return to a normal schedule. But the chances vary from patient to patient. A patient can also recover in less than what is told by the doctors or he/she can take more than the mentioned period to recover. This depends on how the patients’ body is reacting to the treatment and the medications. Medications for laparoscopic cholecystectomy are different for different patients and it varies from doctor to doctor.
Are there any benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy?
There is a lot of difference between a laparoscopic cholecystectomy and an open surgery for gall bladder. With laparoscopic technique, the patient can return to work sooner as compared to the open surgery. The recovery time for the later one is more than the laparoscopic technique. This was one of the major benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However there are other benefits too:
- Smaller cuts are made instead of a bigger incision.
- There are no marks of the incisions. Though those small marks are slightly visible but not too much as compared to the bigger cut.
- The marks vanish with time.
- Less recovery time.
- Can return to work sooner as compared to the latter.
- The muscles of your abdomen are cut sometimes when the surgery gets complicated. But in a laparoscopic technique, the muscles are not required to be cut.
However, many a time it might happen that your surgeon begins with a laparoscopic technique but ends up performing an open surgery. This is done entirely when and if such situation arises with the patient and if his/her problem worsens. For such situations, your doctor is the best judge for you.