A cholecystectomy is an operation to remove the gallbladder. This is usually performed for people with symptoms arising from Gallstones.
Cholecystectomy is a common operation. The gallbladder, which is attached to the under-surface of the liver, is freed from the liver, and then the connected duct and artery to the gallbladder are secured and divided. The whole gallbladder is removed with all its contents (including the stones). Often an x-ray is performed during the operation to make sure no stones are retained in the tubes that drain the liver.
This operation can almost always be performed by Keyhole Surgery, and most patients only require 1 night in hospital.