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Types of Gallbladder Surgery

Your Surgical

During and After Surgery


Diet & Exercise After Surgery

Your doctor or nurse will let you know which foods to eat and which exercises to try after surgery, and which ones to avoid.


When you wake up from surgery and are alert, you will be given a small amount of liquid to drink. If your stomach doesn't get upset, your nurse will offer you some food to eat. Based on your post-surgery instructions, you should be able to eat and drink a normal and healthy diet within 1-2 days after surgery.1


While in the hospital, a nurse will help you to walk and get in and out of bed after surgery. Once you’re back home, you will also be asked to:

Recovery and getting back to your normal activities will depend on whether you had open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.

Your medical team will give you information on how to increase the chances of making your recovery a full success. You will also receive information about how to care for your incision(s).

Pain: What To ExpectManaging Pain

1. American College of Surgeons. Cholecystectomy. Available from:

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da Vinci® Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments and accessories is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. The safety and effectiveness of this device for use in the performance of general laparoscopic abdominal surgery procedures have not been established.

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to other surgical techniques; the need for additional or larger incision sites; a longer operation or longer time under anesthesia than your surgeon originally predicts. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to our Important Patient Safety Information page.

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