Open cholecystectomy in the laparoendoscopic era

Brendan C. Visser, Rowan W. Parks, O. James Garden

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Abstract / Description of output

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has all but replaced the traditional open approach. Hence open cholecystectomy (OC) is principally reserved for cases in which laparoscopy fails, leaving fewer surgeons with experience in the procedure required for the most challenging cases. This review of OC includes discussion of the indications for a primary open approach, conversion from laparoscopy, technical aspects of OC, and alternatives (cholecystostomy and subtotal cholecystectomy). strategies for safe OC must be formally addressed in residency programs. (c) 2008 Excerpta Medica Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-114
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery (AJS)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


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