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Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is near the liver. It stores bile that is made by the liver. Bile helps in the digestion of fatty foods. The gallbladder releases bile into a system of ducts that lead to the small intestine.

The open version of this surgery is done when a less invasive version called laparoscopic surgery cannot be done.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy vs. Open Cholecystectomy
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