The Biliary Tree
Approximately 50,000 cholecystectomies are performed annually in the UK for symptomatic gallstone disease. The majority of cases are performed laparoscopically (Gurusamy et al. 2010) with benefits of reduced morbidity and postoperative stay and improved cosmetic results compared with an open procedure. The timing of cholecystectomy following an acute episode of cholecystitis is debated with differing opinions on the optimal timing of the procedure. Some advocate early removal of the gallbladder, while others wait for the inflammation to resolve and operate approximately 6 weeks later.
KeywordsBile Duct Common Bile Duct Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cystic Duct Bile Leak
We would like to thank Dr. Daniel Madigan (Consultant GI and Interventional Radiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia) for his help with the chapter and his kind permission for the use of many of the images.
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