Contraindications and complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy

W. D. Rappaport, P. Gordon, J. A. Warneke, D. Neal, G. C. Hunter

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a commonly performed procedure for the removal of symptomatic gallstones. Compared with open cholecystectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is associated with less postoperative pain, earlier discharge from the hospital and a more rapid recovery. However, there are specific contraindications to the procedure, including empyema of the gallbladder, gangrenous cholecystitis, coagulopathy, portal hypertension and peritonitis. Complications from laparoscopic cholecystectomy include common duct injury, bleeding, bile leakage and wound infection. An understanding of these issues allows the family physician to more appropriately select patients for laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1707-1711
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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