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gall bladder laproscopy & appendectomy

My son has been told that he cannot have his gall bladder removed laproscopically because he had an appendectomy 10 years ago. Is this true?
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replied June 23rd, 2009
Not necessarily. Most of the time, after routine appendectomy through a small right lower abdominal incision, laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) can still be performed by a skilled laparoscopic surgeon (although such patients should be advised that there may be a higher-than-average likelihood of having to convert a laparoscopic procedure to an "open" procedure).

You might want to seek a second opinion from another surgeon. (I cannot comment, specifically, on your son's case since, obviously, I have never examined him.)

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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