This is funny. This morning at 6 am I had a lap cholecystectomy after a similar history. However I developed acute cholecystitis, so didn't have much choice about the operation. I asked one of my colleagues to do the case, and asked that he be assisted by two of my residents. Not another senior surgeon. I made sure I will get a PCA pump, and as you can see, I am now 8 hours out, and I can sit in my office now, (the office in in the Ward) and read e-mail. On US, my CBD was only 3.7 mm and labs were normal (except for 23000 WBC's) so no cholangiogram was done. I selected 6am because the OR was quiet at that time.
I had the first attack 6 months ago, and postponed the operation, because of similar considerations. Particularly that I too felt that.
Even during the current attack, I tried to avoid the inevitable, and delayed the operation from Saturday to Monday morning, when it became obvious that I could delay no longer. I am told the GB was distended with patchy necrosis, so I had the operation not a moment too soon.
I now think it was silly of me to suffer for a couple of days, out of being concited.
Well, my advice is to ask one of your colleagues to do the operation, and do it before you get acute cholecystitis, or pancreatitis. Do not worry about the possibility of a CBD stone, and just get it over with.