Cholecystectomy Techniques

  • Jean-François Gigot
  • Catherine Hubert
  • Benoit Navez


The procedure of cholecystectomy was first reported in 1882 by Carl Langenbuch, who used an open approach that then remained unchanged for more than 100 years. In France in 1987, Philippe Mouret performed the procedure using a laparoscopic approach, a technique that is now considered world-wide as the “gold standard” [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. However, the technique is associated with a greater incidence of bile duct injury especially, but not only, during a surgeon’s learning curve [7]. The purpose of the present review is to report, the technical aspects of the procedure in detail in order to allow the safe performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). The procedure that we will discuss is the so-called “French technique” of LC.


Cystic Duct Bile Duct Injury Gallbladder Wall Mirizzi Syndrome Scopic Cholecystectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Gigot
    • 1
  • Catherine Hubert
    • 1
  • Benoit Navez
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Department of Abdominal Surgery and TransplantationSaint-Luc University HospitalBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Abdominal SurgeryHospital Saint JosephCharleroi (Gilly)Belgium

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