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Question: what is gallstone disease and what is the procedure for surgery? how risky is it for older patients?

Answer: Gallstones are small crystalline structures formed usually in the gallbladder. If the gallbladder is the cause of the disease a cholecystectomy - removal of the gallbladder - is usually performed. Most modern hospitals do it laparoscopically, where a camera and instruments are inserted through several small incisions in the abdomen. The gallbladder is removed through an incision and then the surgery is complete. Since there are only small incisions made, recovery time is much faster than with an open cholecystectomy. The stresses placed on the body are less meaning there are less chances of problems related to the anaesthetic too. However I'd recommend that you have a chat with an experienced surgeon, who'll be more able to clarify risks and benefits more precisely to your particular case.

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