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Digestive Disorders

Recovery time

04/09/2008

Question:

I am having gall bladder surgery. How long does the surgery take? And how long does it takes to recover and return to your daily actives or back to work?

Answer:

Most Gall Bladder surgery is now done laparoscopically with operating time of about 90 minutes. Recovery in hospital varies from 1- 3 days. Occasionally, the procedure must be converted to or done as the "open" procedure with an abdominal incision and an operation of 2 -3 hours. Back to work time depends on the surgeon but is as little as a week with laparoscopy or 6 weeks with standard operation.

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Response by:

D Roy Ferguson, MD D Roy Ferguson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University