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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
In 1999 I was diagnosed with gallbladder stones, but haven`t had my gallbladder removed yet. Since all this time has passed and now I have chosen to have it removed. Does this make laproscopic surgery less of an option?
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the gold standard for removing a sick gallbladder, it has been the gold standard for over 15 years.
Unless your gallbladder is actively sick and infected, the laparoscopic approach should be safe and reliable. Simply because you have waited several years on this, that should have no effect on the success of the procedure.
Thanks for your questions.
Steven M Rudich, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Director of Liver Transplat and Hepatobiliary Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati