A gallbladder operation is almost always done using keyhole surgery, a procedure also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This means your surgeon can remove your gallbladder without having to make a large cut on your abdomen. Some people may need open surgery, however, and your surgeon will explain which method is most suitable for you.
The operation is done under general anaesthetic and takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Average recovery time is 7 to 10 days but this is an active recovery. No bed rest!