At the time of surgery, we will give your child medicine to make them sleep without pain during the operation (general anesthesia). Removing the gallbladder takes about 1 to 2 hours. Your child will be in the recovery room for another hour.
Less invasive surgery
In most cases, surgeons can remove the gallbladder using laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery. This means they make several small cuts (incisions) in the belly instead of one large incision (open surgery). Surgeons insert a thin, lighted tube with a camera and their surgical instruments through these small incisions. Then they snip the gallbladder free and remove it through one of the openings.
The advantage of laparoscopic surgery is that surgeons don’t have to cut through the stomach muscles. Children recover faster.
On rare occasions, children need to have open surgery (one large incision) instead of laparoscopic surgery. This may be the case if your child has had other abdominal operations in the past. If so, your child’s surgeon will discuss it with you.