Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 162, Issue 6, pp 218–220 | Cite as

Current alternatives to open cholecystectomy in the management of gallstones

  • A. L. Leahy


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is now the principal treatment of symptomatic gallstones, however its safety will need to be carefully monitored. Newer technologies have been used to perform cholecystolithotomy safely in high risk patients. Other treatments such as ESWL and medical therapy must be still considered experimental, however they are likely to become applicable in the future. Chemical cholecystectomy is experimentally feasible and therefore requires to be evaluated in further studies.


Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cystic Duct Shockwave Lithotripsy Bile Duct Injury Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Leahy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont HospitalDublin 9

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