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[mass noun] Surgical removal of the gall bladder.
- ‘Surgeons in France reported performing the first surgical laparoscopic cholecystectomy in 1987.’
- ‘Since there always exists the possibility of gallbladder rupture with subsequent peritonitis, the definitive treatment of acute cholecystitis involves surgical intervention by open cholecystectomy.’
- ‘At the beginning of this keyhole surgery, this laparoscopic cholecystectomy, there were injuries noted to the bile duct; was the injury simply tying it off by mistake, or what?’
- ‘People can live without a gallbladder, and the most common treatment for gallstone problems is surgical removal of the gallbladder, known as cholecystectomy (pronounced co-lee-sist-ect-omy).’
- ‘Tissue retrieval bags commonly used in laparoscopic procedures such as cholecystectomy and appendectomy should be counted as a miscellaneous item.’
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