Laparoscopic gallbladder removal rate

A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. Laparoscopic surgery refers to a surgery done through small incisions with the help of a camera and other small surgical instruments. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is removal of the gallbladder using laparoscopic techniques. For some patients, a laparoscopic procedure is not possible because of prior surgeries or other factors.

Laparoscopic gallbladder removal often has fewer risks and complications than traditional surgery, so a higher rate of this type of procedure may indicate a hospital that provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of cases of laparoscopic gallbladder removals out of every 100 adult gallbladder removals done in the hospital.

In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 81
National Average 84
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 86 79 85 71 85 84 83 81
National Average 82.41 82.41 82.41 82.41 82.41 82.41 82.41 84
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy