Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Cholecystectomy

Contributor(s): Rachel Burrow, Ed Hall

Introduction

  • Surgical excision of the gallbladder.

Uses

  • Systematic cholelithiasis or biliary sludging Bile duct: disease.
  • Recurrent/medical management of non-responsive cholecystitis.
  • Gallbladder mucocele (less common in the cat compared to dog) Gallbladder disease: overview.
  • Obstruction of the cystic duct.
  • Spontaneous or traumatic rupture of the gallbladder. 
  • Neoplasia of the gallbladder.
    Only perform cholecystectomy in patients in which the common bile duct is patent, this surgery should not be performed in patients that have an obstruction of the common bile duct.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Center S A (2009) Diseases of the gallbladder and biliary tree. Vet Clin North Am (Sm Anim) 39 (3), 543-98 VetMedResource.
  • Eich C S, Ludwig L L (2002) The surgical treatment of cholelithiasis in cats: a study of nine cases. JAAHA 38 (3), 290-6 PubMed.
  • Friman S, Rådberg G, Bosaeus I et al (1990) Hepatobiliary compensation for the loss of gallbladder function after cholecystectomy - an experimental study in the cat. Scand J Gastroenterol 25 (3), 307-314 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Fossum T W (2007) Surgery of the extrahepatic biliary system. In: Small Animal Surgery. 3rd edn. Ed Fossum T W, Missouri, Mosby Elsevier. pp 560-572.
  • Marin R A, Lanz O I, Tobias K M (2003) Liver and Biliary System. In: Textbook of Veterinary Surgery. 3rd edn. Eds Slatter D, W B Saunders, Philadelphia. pp 708-726.


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