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This surgery is used to remove a diseased or damaged gallbladder. The damage is often due to gallstones . Sometimes, gallstones get stuck in the gallbladder's ducts. Bile, which helps with digestion, normally flows through these ducts. The blockage can damage the gallbladder and the liver.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a cholecystectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Gallstones that have accidentally spilled into the abdominal cavity
- Injury to other nearby structures or organs
- Reactions to general anesthesia
- Blood clots
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Age: 60 or older
- Recent or chronic illness
- Heart or lung problems
- Bleeding disorders
- Alcoholism and use of street drugs
- Use of certain medicines
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