Open Gallbladder Surgery for Gallstones
What To Expect After Surgery
Surgery usually involves a hospital stay of 2 to 4 days or longer. Most people can return to their normal activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Open surgery involves more pain afterward and a longer recovery period than laparoscopic surgery.
This surgery leaves a moderately large scar [4 in. (10.2 cm) to 8 in. (20.3 cm) long].
No special diets or other precautions are needed after surgery.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology