Why delaying gall bladder removal for three days is asking for trouble

US research shows patients with acute cholecystitis who undergo surgery in under 72 hours have better outcomes

Waiting more than 72 hours for cholecystectomy in patients with acute cholecystitis is associated with more complications and longer time spent in the hospital, according to new US research.

The research team identified patients in a national surgical quality improvement program database who underwent laparoscopic or open abdominal surgery for acute cholecystitis between 2012 and 2016.

They divided them into three groups:

  • Reference group of 12,968 patients who had their gall bladders removed within 24 hours of admission.