Who can have their gallbladder removed via the laparoscopic method?
Early on in the minimally invasive revolution, there were several types of patients where the laparoscopic method was not utilized or thought to be unsafe. Included in this contraindicated group were obese patients, those who presented with acute inflammation of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis), patients who had prior surgery, and pregnant women. Now all of the listed conditions can be attempted laparoscopically. As surgeons gained experience with the technique these contraindications have been liberalized so that almost any patient who can tolerated general anesthesia is a candidate for an attempt at laparoscopic gallbladder removal.