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Cholecystectomy – Gallstone Surgery – Asymptomatic


Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is a very common procedure.

Gallstone Surgery is a Low Priority Procedure

Prior approval from the Clinical Commissioning Group will be required before any treatment proceeds in secondary care.

There is an expectation that gallstones would be managed in line with NICE clinical guideline CG188 which reads as follows:

1.2 Managing gallbladder stones

1.2.1 Reassure people with asymptomatic gallbladder stones found in a normal gallbladder and normal biliary tree that they do not need treatment unless they develop symptoms.

1.2.2 Offer laparoscopic cholecystectomy to people diagnosed with symptomatic gallbladder stones.

Referral to Secondary Care provider via RSS must be on the appropriate Prior Approval Referral form.



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