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A 37-year-old member asked:

how much is laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Medical pricing: Price is variable, depends on your insurance coverage. Check with your company, or policy. Deductables, co-pays, 80/20 coverage will impact the price you are responsible for. If you don't have insurance, ask for the price your facility receives from their most frequent insurance payor. This is a contracted price and your cash payment/price should be similar or lower.

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Elgin, SC
A 63-year-old male asked:

Recovery time for a lap chole?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 33 years experience
5-7days: These are usually uncomplicated and done in an outpatient surgical center. Typically you can have pain for 5-7 days, and then it usually is significantly resolved, or at least very tolerable. Do remember however that you have had abdominal surgery, and avoid heavy activity/lifting for 4-6 weeks. No contact sports either for that time, you need to heal internally still, even if the bandaids are off.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Where is a cholecystectomy done?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Operating room: This procedure needs anesthesia and the surgical resources only an or can provide. It can be done at a hospital or surgery center depending on your health, reason for surgery, and expectation for overnight stay.
CA
A 27-year-old member asked:

How common is it for someone to need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
VERY common: App. 750, 000 people/year have this operation in the US, alone! While it certainly is an invasive procedure, it is a relatively painless way to cure people of a very bothersome illness. Perhaps in years-to-come we may discover a non-surgical alternative, but, at this time, this remains the gold-standard for treating gallbladder disease.
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Where do I go to get a laparoscopic cholecystectomy done?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
General Surgeon: Most general surgeons are trained in laparoscopic techniques. Not all cholecystectomy patients are candidates, but the vast majority are. I am assuming you have already had workup determining the need for the procedure.
Tualatin, OR
A 29-year-old female asked:

What is treatment for post cholecystectomy syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Bile Acid Seqesteran: I assume you are talking about the diarrhea that often occurs after gallbladder surgery. Taking a bile acid seqesterant often is very helpful. Ask your doctor for Questran (cholestyramine) or Questran (cholestyramine) light.

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