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are scope gallbladder removal scars big?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
No: Typically less than 2 cm each (usually more like 1 cm). There is often a bigger incision, but this is usually hidden in the belly button.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Usually NOT: The incisions are only large enough to permit placement of skin protection sheaths, and are closed following the surgery. In some cases, it is advised to let the scars mature (months) before deciding to have any revision. Revisions can be done effectively as the repair can be performed in layers and without the distortion that occurs with the ports for the scopes.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
About 10-15mm: Incision is about 10-15mm, assuming normal healing the abdomen scars well.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
No: Most gallbladder removal scars are small. That's why they call it "bandaid surgery!" they should be less than an inch in length, although the one in the umbilicus can be a little larger if the gallbladder is full of stones or has a really large stone. There is now no reason to fear removing the gallbladder because of the scar as most people can have endoscopic removal.

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