According to recent research published in the journal Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, "Background Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE) is as safe and efficient as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in achieving bile duct clearance from stones. No clear guidelines are available on LCBDE with respect to indications for trans-cystic approach versus choledochotomy, or regarding when to use either flexible choledochoscopy (FCD) or intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) guidance."
"Methods From January 2001 until November 2006, 113 consecutive patients with common bile duct stones (CBDS) and gallbladderin situ were...
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