What are the potential risks and complications?

The risk of complications is very low, however, potential risks might include:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Common bile duct injury.
  • Minor shoulder pain (from the carbon dioxide gas).
  • Bile leakage.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

  • Less discomfort than regular surgery.
  • Shorter hospital stay, with a quicker recovery time compared to regular (open) surgery.
  • Smaller scars than regular surgery.

Call your doctor if you experience:

  • Increasing pain and redness at an incision (cut) site.
  • Fever higher than 101 degrees.
  • Draining at the incision site that increases or becomes foul smelling.

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