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What is recovery like after gallbladder surgery?

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The length of time it takes you to heal depends on the type of surgery you have. If you have your gallbladder removed during open surgery, you’ll need to stay in the hospital for a few days afterward. It may take between six to eight weeks for your body to heal fully. Laparoscopy is less involved, so you’ll have less pain and heal faster than if you have open surgery. Most people who have it are able to go home from the hospital the same day. You’ll likely be back to your normal routine within two weeks.

From: Do I Need Surgery for Gallstones? WebMD Medical Reference

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 William Blahd on April 02, 2017

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 William Blahd on April 02, 2017

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