Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle changes, medicines and procedures. However, when routine medical care does not ease symptoms, surgery may be needed. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, doctors may need to remove your gallbladder. This operation is known as a cholecystectomy.
Gallbladder surgery is generally performed using manual laparoscopy. This technique uses several small incisions to access the gallbladder. The approach is intended to speed recovery, minimize pain, reduce blood loss and complications while offering the added benefit of minimal scarring.
Technology now allows your surgeon to perform laparoscopic surgery through one incision to virtually eliminate scarring. Some patients, however, may not be candidates for single-incision laparoscopy if he or she has a complex anatomy or adhesions from a prior surgery. Talk with your physician about what's best for you.