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Can the stomach & pancreas be seen during laparoscopic gallbladder removal?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Stomach: During laparoscopic surgery of the gallbladder, parts of the anterior wall of the stomach and a little of the duodenum may be seen. The pancreas is in the retroperitoneum and would not be normally seen during gallbladder surgery.
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Yes and No: The front of the stomach can usually be easily seen during gallbladder removal. The pancreas and back side of stomeach could also be seen laparoscopically, but that would require more extensive dissection that would add risk to the procedure.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Front only: Only the front surface of the stomach can be seen during a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. To see the pancreas would require more extensive dissection between the colon and the stomach.

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Last updated Jul 4, 2019

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