Bariatric Surgery with Incidental Gallstones

  • Robert Hanfland
  • Satish N. Nadig
  • Benjamin E. Schneider
  • Andras Sandor
  • John J. Kelly
  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner

Gallstones are common in the morbidly obese population. During the performance of open bariatric surgery, it was common practice to remove the gallbladder if gallstones were discovered during exploration. Some even advocated prophylactic cholecystectomy, reasoning that rapid weight loss was associated with lithogenic bile and the development of gallstones during the postoperative period.

Now most bariatric procedures are performed via a minimally invasive approach. This has resulted in a reexamination of the role of concomitant cholecystectomy. This chapter explores these issues.


Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Morbid Obesity Gallstone Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Hanfland
    • 1
  • Satish N. Nadig
    • 2
    • 3
  • Benjamin E. Schneider
    • 3
  • Andras Sandor
    • 4
  • John J. Kelly
    • 5
    • 6
  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Transplant ImmunologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolBeth-Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  4. 4.Commonwealth Surgical AssociatesStonehamUSA
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolUSA
  6. 6.University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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