Choice of Approach for Laparoscopic Common Duct Exploration

  • Rachael Nicholson
  • Teresa L. LaMasters
  • Sherry M. Wren
  • Tony Kelly
  • Muhammed Ashraf Memon
  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner

When laparoscopic cholecystectomy is undertaken in the presence of known common duct stones, laparoscopic common duct exploration is generally part of the planned procedure. Chapters 5 and 6 explored alternatives in the management of choledocholithiasis, including the role of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). This chapter deals specifically with the relative merits of the transcystic duct approach versus laparoscopic choledochotomy (a procedure that more nearly mimics what was done during open surgery for this problem).


Common Bile Duct Cystic Duct Common Bile Duct Stone Endoscopic Sphincterotomy Common Duct 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachael Nicholson
    • 1
  • Teresa L. LaMasters
    • 2
  • Sherry M. Wren
    • 3
  • Tony Kelly
    • 4
  • Muhammed Ashraf Memon
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Stanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Stanford University Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA
  4. 4.SHO, Department of SurgeryWhiston HospitalPrescotUK
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryIpswich HospitalAustralia
  6. 6.Department of SurgeryThe University of QueenslandHerstonAustralia
  7. 7.Faculty of Health Sciences and MedicineBond UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  8. 8.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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