Laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic cholecystolithiasis.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Cholecystectomy is one of the most frequently performed operations. Open cholecystectomy has been the gold standard for over 100 years. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was introduced in the 1980s. OBJECTIVES To compare the beneficial and harmful effects of laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic cholecystolithiasis… (More)

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