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Gallstones – Cholecystectomy


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

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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 Criteria

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



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