Complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a safe and effective treatment of cholelithiasis in experienced hands. Mortality is rare. The Southern Surgeons Club data and several other recent large series indicate that major complications occur in less than 3% of patients. The most significant common complication is injury to the bile duct, for which the greatest risk factor is inexperience. Major biliary injury usually requires reoperations. Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomies, often multiple, are usually necessary for repair. The popularity of this technique continues, and further efforts should be focused on elimination of the learning curve for major biliary injury. If injuries do occur, they should be recognized early, and patients should be referred to centers experienced in their treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, VS; Chari, RS; Cucchiaro, G; Meyers, WC

Published Date

  • April 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 165 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 527 - 532

PubMed ID

  • 8480896

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9610

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9610(05)80955-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States