Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Small surgical incision made into the abdomen to remove the gallbladder.


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Anesthesia may affect your mental and physical abilities. For the next 24 hours:
    1. Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery.
    2. Do not make any business decisions.
    3. Do not be alone or drink alcohol.
  3. Take band-aid off morning after surgery.
  4. May shower or sponge bath. DO NOT let water spray directly on incision until heated. Wash incision gently with warm soapy water. If draining, incision may be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide then replace band-aid.
  5. May ride in car with seatbelt. Do not drive until after first follow-up visit or until instructed by doctor.
  6. Elastic hose should be worn to promote circulation in the legs and prevent clots from forming. Hose may be taken off twice a day while resting for 30 minutes or when they need to be washed. Elastic hose may be discontinued when full normal activities are resumed.
  7. Do not lift anything greater than 10 pounds unless instructed by doctor.
  8. May experience pain under ribcage, across chest or right shoulder due to gases used during procedure. Walking or resting quietly and taking pain medicine may help discomfort.
  9. Use Breathing Exercise every two (2) hours while awake.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Pain under ribcage, across chest or right shoulder not relieved by pain medicine ordered by doctor.
  4. Drainage from incision site that saturates more than one dressing in 24 hours.
  5. Increased redness and swelling at incision site if more than when discharged from hospital.
  6. Excessive diarrhea. More than five (5) loose stools in 24 hours.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.