CHENNAI: More than 400 delegates from across India and abroad were in attendance at the Apollo International Biliary Update (AIBU-2016) conference held in the city on Sunday where experts discussed the increased risk of bile duct injuries during the removal of gall bladder by laparoscopic procedure is a major concern.
The bile duct is a duct that carries stored bile secreted by liver and is released into the intestine. “When a gall bladder (an organ beneath the liver which stores bile) is removed through laparoscopic procedure, there is a high risk of injury to the bile duct. So surgeons should adhere to the standard guidelines while performing the surgery,” said Dr.T.G
Balachander, Consultant, Surgical gastroenterology and laparoscopic procedure at Apollo Hospitals. Not all the patients are suitable for laparoscopic procedure,” the doctor said adding, before performing gall bladder removal, it is also imperative to screen patients prior to surgery.
According to Dr Sathyabama, Director of medical services, Apollo Hospitals, larger gall bladder stones would lead to gall bladder cancer. “So, once stones in the gall bladder are diagnosed, they should be removed immediately. Also more than 10 per cent of the patients who come with gall bladder problems are diagnosed with gall bladder cancer,” she said.