Bariatric Surgery with Incidental Gallstones
Gallstones are common in the morbidly obese population. During the performance of open bariatric surgery, it was common practice to remove the gallbladder if gallstones were discovered during exploration. Some even advocated prophylactic cholecystectomy, reasoning that rapid weight loss was associated with lithogenic bile and the development of gallstones during the postoperative period.
Now most bariatric procedures are performed via a minimally invasive approach. This has resulted in a reexamination of the role of concomitant cholecystectomy. This chapter explores these issues.
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Morbid Obesity Gallstone Formation
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