Now, take a look at the picture I have for you there.
Notice some graphic differences? Right, exactly.
The one on the left side is a picture of a laparoscopic procedure.
The one on the right side is a little more extreme.
We consider this an extreme body makeover because you've got them cranked way open.
That's why it's called an open cholecystectomy. Now, imagine you got to choose.
Do you want a laparoscopic procedure or do you want an open chole?
Well, most people are obviously going to want to choose a laparoscopic procedure.
You see, all the good stuff happens underneath the skin.
Four very small incisions where the instruments are inserted.
The open chole has a much deeper, larger incision right in the abdominal wall,
which can make it problematic for patients any time they move and need to use that abdominal wall.
So, as a nurse, while you're caring for a patient after a laparoscopic chole or an open chole,
I want you to understand what the patient has experienced
so you can keep them safe and offer the most effective support.
So, either way, that gallbladder is coming out, but it's a radically different experience for your patient,
whether they have a laparoscopic procedure or an open cholecystectomy.