Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) is limited to small numbers of patients. Since the main potential advantage to patients of this procedure is cosmetic, there is a particular need for good safety data. Therefore this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research. SILC is technically challenging and should only be carried out by experienced laparoscopic surgeons who have received specific training in the procedure.
Guidelines on the Management of Common Bile Duct Stones (CBDS)
Clinicians are now faced with a number of potentially valid options for managing patients with suspected CBDS. It is with this in mind that the following guidelines have been written.
SAGES Guidelines for the clinical application of laparoscopic biliary tract surgery
Classification and management of bile duct injuries
Review of the classification and general guidelines for treatment of bile duct injury patients and their long term results.
Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of cholangiocarcinoma
These guidelines are intended to bring consistency and improvement in the patient’s management from first suspicion of cholangiocarcinoma through to confirmation of the diagnosis and subsequent management.
Photodynamic therapy for bile duct cancer
Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for bile duct cancer does not appear adequate for this procedure to be used without special arrangements for consent and for audit or research.
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