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Gallbladder Pathway - Assess Suitability

The requirements for Direct Access Gallbladder Surgery are:

  1. Patient younger than 60 years of age.
  2. Typical symptoms of biliary colic.
  3. BMI < 35.
  4. No history of cholecystitis (no history of admission to hospital for cholecystitis and no gallbladder wall thickening on ultrasound)
  5. Ultrasound confirms a thin walled gallbladder and stones or sludge.
  6. No medical illness requiring anaesthetic review (excluding well controlled hypertension).
  7. Has a support person to look after them for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  8. Patient is not taking warfarin, clopidogrel or dabigatran.

The patient is suitable for Direct Access Gallbladder Surgery if they meet the above requirements and they consent to referral for the procedure. If they do not consent to the procedure, then they may be referred using the traditional pathway.

Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016

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