Patients who undergo cholecystectomy should be seen within 2 weeks after discharge from hospital. Patients should be asked about presence or absence of nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, as well as their ability to tolerate oral intake. The wound should be reviewed for erythema, discharge, or pain. In addition any signs of jaundice should be noted; if such signs are present, the direct and indirect bilirubin level should be determined and an abdominal ultrasound ordered.
In patients who have undergone percutaneous cholecystostomy, if no gallstones are present and cholangiogram showed a patent cystic duct, the tube should be removed in 6 to 8 weeks.
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