Southern Cross Hospital North Harbour - General Surgery
Private Surgical Service
Laparoscopic: several small incisions (cuts) are made in the abdomen (stomach) and a narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (laparoscope) is inserted. This allows the surgeon a view of the gallbladder and, by inserting small surgical instruments through the other cuts, the gallbladder can be removed.
Open: an abdominal incision is made and the gallbladder removed.