Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and other reputable sources provide information online regarding cholecystectomy procedures, according to the organizations' official websites. These sites explain what the procedure entails, potential risks and complications, and how to prepare for a cholecystectomy.
During a cholecystectomy, a physician surgically removes the gallbladder, according to Mayo Clinic. The procedure is commonly performed laparoscopically using a tiny video camera and four small incisions. Surgeons typically remove the gallbladder due to the presence of gallstones, according to Cleveland Clinic.
Cholecystectomy is a common procedure with a very low risk of complications, according to Cleveland Clinic. Potential risks include bile duct leakage, bleeding, infection or minor shoulder pain.