Biliary Anatomy

  • Daniel J. DezielEmail author
  • Benjamin R. Veenstra


While the critical view of safety has become a useful and well-employed method of anatomic identification during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, this is only one of the many methods. While each method has their positives and negatives, a thorough understanding of hepatobiliary anatomy is the key to the successful application of the said method and thus integral to a safe operation. This chapter explores the terminology, landmarks, and overriding anatomical principles that allow for safe completion of cholecystectomy.


Anatomy Common bile duct (CBD) CBD injury Cystic duct Cystic artery Critical view of safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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