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(Surgery) the surgical procedure of cutting into the gall bladder in order to extract gallstones
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(ˌkoʊ lə sɪˈstɒt ə mi, ˌkɒl ə-)

n., pl. -mies.
surgical incision of the gallbladder.
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Neil, "Drainage of the gallbladder in patients with acute acalculous cholecystitis by transpapillary endoscopic cholecystotomy," Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol.
peritonitis) and radiological support and treatment proceeded straight away with laparotomy followed by cholecystectomy or cholecystotomy. [12] Type II perforation is more complex compared to Type I.
described laparoscopic retrieval (via cholecystotomy) of a basket inadvertently impacted within the gallbladder itself but suggested that retention in the biliary tree was not amenable to laparoscopic rescue [20].