How is acute cholecystitis treated?

Treating Acute Cholecystitis

If the patient is experiencing severe, unexplained abdominal pain, they must refer to a medical professional as soon as possible.

At times, patients are treated without surgery. In this case, the patient is hospitalized and asked to fast, in order to allow the gallbladder to rest.

Intravenous fluids alongside antibiotics and sedatives are prescribed in order to respectively prevent dehydration, fight infection and alleviate pain.

Otherwise, the patient is treated surgically, by removing the gallbladder.

The cholecystectomy may be done laparoscopically or through open surgery. Upon removal of the gallbladder, the bile flow is redirected to the duodenum (small intestine).

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 23 Jan 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi