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What are the risks of gallbladder surgery?

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Gallstones are hard fragments that can form when your gallbladder doesn’t work right. Surgery to remove them is usually safe. But problems can rise, including:

  • Problems with anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bile leakage
  • Damage to a bile duct
  • Damage to your intestine, bowel, or blood vessels
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Heart problems
  • Pneumonia

SOURCES:
University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Gallstones.”

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons: “Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Patient Information from SAGES.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Dieting and Gallstones.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What to To Do About Gallstones?”

NHS Choices: “Gallstone Treatment,” “Gallbladder Removal -- Complications,” “Gallbladder Removal -- What Happens.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal),” “Endoscopic Ultrasound.”

Better Health Channel/State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Gallbladder: Gallstones and Surgery.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:
University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Gallstones.”

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons: “Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Patient Information from SAGES.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Dieting and Gallstones.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What to To Do About Gallstones?”

NHS Choices: “Gallstone Treatment,” “Gallbladder Removal -- Complications,” “Gallbladder Removal -- What Happens.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal),” “Endoscopic Ultrasound.”

Better Health Channel/State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Gallbladder: Gallstones and Surgery.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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