Dr Mir Sanam Ijaz,Dr Nukhba Ghani Sheikh,Dr Beenish Jamshaid
A survey has shown that in the US, 9% of women and 6% of men have gallstones, many of which are asymptomatic. This rate is higher in developing countries like Pakistan. The chances of developing symptoms or gallstone related complications are 1.5% to 2.5% per year in those patients, in which gallstones were incidentally discovered. Asymptomatic gallbladder stones do not necessarily need immediate attention unless they develop symptoms. Symptomatic patients are referred to the general surgeon. At present, the ideal care of this disease is laparoscopic cholecystectomy, performed as an outpatient. After surgery, follow up is mandatory to ensure that the wounds are healed and patients are facing no further complications.