You’ll be taken to the operating theatre and made comfortable.

Your anaesthetist will insert an intravenous cannula into a vein for anaesthetic, fluid and other drugs.

Most people have a keyhole procedure, but sometimes open surgery is needed.

See Types of gallbladder removal surgery.

After surgery, your wounds will be closed with stitches, closure strips or staples.

After your surgery

Your hospital stay.


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