What is included in postoperative care following laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Danny A Sherwinter, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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The postoperative course is generally uncomplicated. If the cholecystectomy was done as an elective procedure, patients can be discharged the same day and usually should regain their normal level of physical activity within 1 week. Patients should expect some degree of postoperative discomfort around the port sites but should nonetheless be alert for any signs or symptoms (eg, fever, uncontrolled vomiting, or extreme pain) that could be manifestations of complications. [64]

All patients who have undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy should have a follow-up visit within 1-2 weeks postoperatively. After that initial postoperative check, they should be seen on an individual, as-needed basis.


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