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Are scope gallbladder removal scars big?
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: About 10-15mm
Incision is about 10-15mm, assuming normal healing the abdomen scars well.

In brief: About 10-15mm
Incision is about 10-15mm, assuming normal healing the abdomen scars well.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Dr. Michael Matthew
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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