1. Use the Critical View of Safety (CVS) method of identification of the cystic duct and cystic artery during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
2. Understand the potential for aberrant anatomy in all cases.
3. Make liberal use of cholangiography or other methods to image the biliary tree intraoperatively.
4. Consider an Intra-operative Momentary Pause during laparoscopic cholecystectomy prior to clipping, cutting or transecting any ductal structures.
5. Recognize when the dissection is approaching a zone of significant risk and halt the dissection before entering the zone. Finish the operation by a safe method other than cholecystectomy if conditions around the gallbladder are too dangerous.
a. Subtotal Cholecystectomies – Learn more with this landmark paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2015.09.019
6. Get help from another surgeon when the dissection or conditions are difficult.
Take a look at all their great explanations and catch all the important points by completing the online program: https://www.sages.org/safe-cholecystectomy-program/
· Cholecystectomy: https://youtu.be/_oMNRINPY5I
Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration: https://youtu.be/mXl11I7mya0
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