To show that primary closure of the common bile duct following minicholecystectomy is safe and effective.
Eighty-nine primary common bile duct closures done over 13 years.
General community hospital.
Patients with cholangiographic evidence of stones in the common bile duct.
Minicholecystectomy followed by a primary common bile duct closure or common bile duct closure over a T tube.
Main Outcome Measures
Successful clinical result of primary common bile duct closure following minicholecystectomy.
Eighty-nine primary closures of the common bile duct between 1983 and 1986, resulting in successful clinical outcomes.
Primary closure of the common bile duct following minicholecystectomy is safe, effective, and inexpensive.