Gallbladder removal - open

Cholecystectomy - open; Gallbladder - open cholecystectomy; Cholecystitis - open cholecystectomy; Gallstones - open cholecystectomy

Open gallbladder removal is surgery to remove the gallbladder through a large cut in your abdomen.

The gallbladder is an organ that sits below the liver. It stores bile, which your body uses to digest fats in the small intestine.

Cholecystitis, CT scan

This is a CT scan of the upper abdomen showing cholecystitis (gall stones).

Cholecystitis - cholangiogram

Cholelithiasis can be seen on a cholangiogram. Radio-opaque dye is used to enhance the x-ray. Multiple stones are present in the gallbladder (PTCA).


Cholecystolithiasis. CT scan of the upper abdomen showing multiple gallstones.


The gallbladder is a muscular sac located under the liver. It stores and concentrates the bile produced in the liver that is not immediately needed for digestion. Bile is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine in response to food. The pancreatic duct joins the common bile duct at the small intestine adding enzymes to aid in digestion.

Gallbladder removal - Series

The gallbladder is located in the abdomen on the underside of the liver. The gallbladder stores bile (digestive fluid) from the liver.


Why the Procedure Is Performed


Before the Procedure

After the Procedure

Outlook (Prognosis)