Gall bladder removal in NSW ‘at odds with guidelines’

Patients with mild gallstone pancreatitis are being put at risk of emergency readmissions, researchers say

Nearly two-thirds of older adults with mild gallstone pancreatitis undergo interval rather than index cholecystectomy despite recommendations in international guidelines, NSW doctors say.

This high rate of delayed procedures in the state is associated with more frequent emergency gallstone-related disease readmissions as well as laparoscopic conversions to open cholecystectomy, new data show.