Bile Duct Injuries
Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with gallstones. These solid, tiny, crystalline masses form in the bile ducts or the gallbladder and can cause not only infection, jaundice, and pancreatitis, but also tremendous pain. They also often require surgical intervention. Modern medical technology allows for the removal of gallstones through a technique called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, in which the gall bladder is removed using fiberoptic surgical technology. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, like other laparoscopic interventions, involves minimally invasive surgical techniques. In fact, laparoscopic surgery is often called keyhole surgery because the incisions involved are generally smaller than 1.5 cm in length.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy can mean shorter hospital stays, less pain, faster recoveries, and a lower risk of infection when compared to traditional surgical gallbladder removal, but sometimes causes damage to a patient’s bile ducts.