Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (I’ll explain later!)

Yesterday I watched a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (in normal language: a surgery where they remove the gall bladder using the keyhole method (in norwegian: kikhulsoperasjon av galleblæren). 

So today, you’re all getting a little introduction to biology/medicine 🙂

I have been shadowing a doctor at the private hospital every day for about three weeks now from 9-12. He is a general practitioner and it has been very interesting to sit in on the consultations – I feel like I’ve learned a lot! In the hospital where he works there was a surgery yesterday, which he said I was allowed to watch!!

The goal of the surgery was to remove the patient’s gall bladder. Here’s a little background info on the gall baldder (woohoo – exciting!).

The gall bladder (9) stores something called bile, which is produced in the liver (10 + 11). After bile has been produced in the liver it goes through a ‘tube’ (4) to the gall bladder where it is stores before it is needed. Bile is a kind of liquid filled with substances that help break down fats in your small intestine (15 + 16). The bile then passes through another tube (5+6) to enter your small intestine.


The liver is the big brown structure, the gall bladder is the small green one, the small intestine is number 15+16, the stomach 14, and the pancreas is the large orange structure (17,18,19).

Sometimes, people get a stone that is stuck in tube 5 that prevent the bile from entering the small intestine. It’s not possible to remove gall bladder stones, so whoever has these stones have to have their gall bladder removed through a surgery called a cholecystectomy. It is a very common and a fairly simple procedure as it is done using a laparoscope, which is when you make four small incisions in the body, rather than a large cut. You then go in with a camera in one incision, and instruments in the other three.


This is what a laparoscopic surgery looks like from the outside


During the surgery I watched, there were some complications when they were trying to remove the gall bladder. The surgeon decided that they had to open up the patient with a large incision. This was great for me as I got to see even more! Once they opened up the patient they were able to remove the gall bladder (it just took 4 hours and my legs were tired…).

Want to have a look at what a cholecystectomy looks like? Have a look!!


The surgeons hard at work!   6This is what the operating theatre looks like

After a pretty long surgery, my legs where aching, but it was of course extremely fascinating to watch. I’ve seen a couple of surgeries before, but this time the doctor was very good at explaining and showing me various organs.


A tired, but excited Anna! 

So that was your biology lesson for the day! Hope you learned something x

5 thoughts on “Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (I’ll explain later!)

  1. That sounds so fascinating!! I’ve been trying to find surgeons to shadow, but no luck yet…
    It’s pretty awesome that you get to see them up close!!
    P.S. You’re blog is so much fun to read! Keep posting!!


    • It was really great! I have been very fortunate here in Grenada to get as much medical experience as I’ve gotten. What I’ve done when trying to get to shadow surgeons is to speak to the local hospital where I live. I actually also signed up for a course some years ago with a UK company called GapMedics where I got to spend a week in the Czech Republic at a hospital and we shadowed doctors for a whole week – it was great! So if you’re looking to do some surgery shadowing looking for a program like that is always something you could look into 🙂
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment and thanks for reading my blog – glad you’re enjoying it! xxx

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