Last revised by Mohammad Taghi Niknejad on 7 Jun 2023

Cholecystectomies are one of the most common surgical procedures performed. Evidence of a cholecystectomy is often seen on imaging procedures with surgical clips in the gallbladder fossa and radiologists should be aware of possible complications. 

Cholecystectomies are almost always performed laparoscopically 4. Open procedures are often the result of conversion from a laparoscopic approach. Historically open cholecystectomies were standard, usually via a Kocher incision, leaving a characteristic scar in the patient's right subcostal region.

Overall complication rate is low, at ~3% 3

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