In 11 of 82 patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy, preoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was performed. Indications were biliary pancreatitis in 5 and suspected common bile duct (CBD) stones in the other 6 (based on US or liver function tests, or both). The biliary tree was normal in 9 and laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed. In 8 there was uneventful recovery but in the ninth open surgery was required when the attempted cholecystectomy resulted in uncontrolled cystic artery bleeding. Of the remaining 3 patients, 1 underwent sphincterotomy via ERCP and 3 weeks later, laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In the others, we intended to explore the CBD by laparoscopy, but had to resort to open cholecystectomy due to technical difficulties resulting from unsuspected acute cholecystitis. Based on our short experience, ERCP combined with laparoscopic cholecystectomy seems to be both safe and effective.
|Pages (from-to)||5-8, 64|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1993|