Treatment for acute cholecystitis usually involves hospitalization.
The patient is not allowed to eat or drink, and liquids are given through
an intravenous (IV) line. If an infection is suspected, antibiotics may be
given. Most patients who have acute cholecystitis have their gallbladder removed,
either immediately after diagnosis or after the patient has improved. This
procedure, called a cholecystectomy, can be performed using a laparoscope (a tube inserted through small incisions) or by conventional