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How long is gallbladder surgery?

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Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery normally lasts just two hours or less, according to WebMD. The more invasive open gallbladder surgery also takes just one or two hours to complete, reports Mayo Clinic. Additional prep time is needed in either case as both procedures require general anesthesia.

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In about 5 to 10 percent of laparoscopic surgeries, the doctor has to switch to an open procedure, according to WebMD, which may cause an extension in the time needed for the surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, a person may leave immediately from an outpatient procedure or stay in the hospital for one or two days. The laparoscopic procedure requires just seven to 10 days of rest before a return to regular activities, as compared to four to six weeks for open surgery.

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