Most gallbladder surgery today is done using laparoscopic surgical techniques, in which narrow instruments, including a camera, are introduced into the abdomen through small incisions. With the patient under anesthesia, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide. Next, a laparoscopic camera is inserted into the abdomen near the umbilicus (navel). Instruments are inserted through 2 more incisions. The gallbladder is found, the vessels and tubes are cut, and the gallbladder is removed.
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