Giuseppe Aliperti, MD; Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD; Nathaniel J. Soper, MD; Stanley W. Ashley, MD
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rapidly becoming the preferred surgical treatment for patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis. The smaller incision and the associated decrease in postoperative pain and disability allow for a shorter hospital stay and rapid return to full activity (1, 2). Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is generally limited to patients with cholecystolithiasis alone, because laparoscopic removal of stones from the common bile duct is difficult (3). We describe our experience with a combined endoscopic-laparoscopic approach for clearance of the common bile duct and removal of the gallbladder in symptomatic patients with simultaneous cholecystolithiasis and choledocholithiasis.
Three hundred twenty-six consecutive patients
Aliperti G, Edmundowicz SA, Soper NJ, Ashley SW. Combined Endoscopic Sphincterotomy and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Patients with Choledocholithiasis and Cholecystolithiasis. Ann Intern Med. ;115:783–785. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-10-783
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(10):783-785.
Biliary Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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