Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy with Common Duct Exploration

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Desmond H. Birkett

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DOI: 10.3810/hp.1993.05.897
Abstract: Gallstones have been managed by operation for more than 100 years. The first successful cholecystostomy and stone removal was performed by John Bobbs in 1867 and was followed, 15 years later, by the first successful cholecystectomy, performed by Carl Langenbuch. Just before the turn of the century, Ludwig Courvoisier added to cholecystectomy the first common duct exploration. Since then, cholecystectomy with common duct exploration, performed by abdominal incision, has become remarkably safe, ensuring its status as the gold standard for treatment of gallbladder and bile duct stones. Still, the operation requires hospitalization for three to six days, followed by four to six weeks of convalescence.