laparoscopic cholecystectomymedical dictionary

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<surgery> Surgery to remove a diseased gallbladder through a laparoscope. A fibreoptic scope is inserted through a small incision by the navel. Instruments are inserted through two more smaller incisions. The gallbladder is localised and removed through the laparoscope. The patient is usually home within 24 hours after surgery.

Symptoms are improved in over 90% of patients.

(27 Sep 1997)