Cholecystectomy and Gallstones
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.
Please confirm that your patient meets the following criteria:
GALLSTONE SURGERY The patient has been diagnosed with symptomatic gallbladder stones
Refer using the CCG LPP Prior Approval form