PRINCIPLES OF SAFETY IN LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY
Background. After more than decade of routine use of laparoscopic cholecystectomy for treatment of symptomatic gallbladder stones, the incidence of biliary injuries, which are potentially life threatening and cause prolonged hospitalization and major morbidity, seems to be increased in laparoscopic cholecystectomy compared with open operation. Injury rate was from some reports 2.5 to 4 times higher than with open operation. There are many proposed classifications of types of biliary injuries.
The most frequent direct causes of laparoscopic biliary injury are misidentification of the common bile duct, cautery injuries to the bile duct and improper application of clips to the cystic duct.
Conclusions. To avoid misidentification of ducts one should conclusively identify cystic duct and artery, the structures to be divide, in every laparoscopic cholecystectomy. To achieve that goal, Calot’s triangle must be dissected free of fat and fibrous – tissue and the lower end of the gallbladder must be dissected of the liver bed. The only two structures entering the gallbladder should be visible – cystic duct and artery. With avoidance of blind application of cautery and clips to control bleeding one should avoid injury of bile duct. Low cautery settings should be used in portal dissections to prevent arc.
With meticulous care in dissection and conclusive identification of cystic duct and artery we can prevent injuries of bile duct, which still have impermissible high incidence. In the article 504 laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed at the Department of abdominal surgery in BPD in 2002 were analysed. We follow priciples of safety in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There were no biliary injuries reports.
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