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Gallbladder Surgery: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Management of Bile Duct Stones in the Rural Setting



Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is the current gold standard treatment for gall stone–associated biliary disease. LC can be safely and efficiently performed in the rural setting. This chapter deals with methods of performing this procedure safely and efficiently in this context. It highlights some of the limitations of the rural setting that need to be carefully evaluated by the surgeon before venturing to perform laparoscopic procedures in these centres. A few pertinent ergonomic issues related to laparoscopic cholecystectomy are discussed. Management of common bile duct stones and appropriate guidelines for management of complications are outlined. The importance of close association with a specialist hepatobiliary unit in a tertiary referral centre is emphasised

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThe Queen Elizabeth HospitalWoodville SouthAustralia

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