Risks

A cholecystectomy carries a small risk of complications including:

  • Bile leak
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Heart problems
  • Infection
  • Injury to nearby structures, such as the bile duct, liver and small intestine
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pneumonia

Your risk of complications depends on your overall health and the reason for your cholecystectomy.

Oct. 21, 2016
References
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