Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The operation is done to remove the gallbladder due to gallstones causing pain or infection.


  • Sharp pain in the upper right part of the abdomen that may go to the back, mid-abdomen, or right shoulder
  • Low fever
  • Nausea and feeling bloated
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) if stones are blocking the common bile duct


  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy—The gallbladder is removed with instruments placed into small incisions in the abdomen.
  • Open cholecystectomy—The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage.


  • Stone retrieval by endoscopy