Results of a New Strategy for Reconstruction of Biliary Injuries Having an Isolated Right-Sided Component

Steven M. Strasberg, Daniel D. Picus, Jeffrey A. Drebin

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Poor results after repair of biliary injuries arc most common when injuries are above the bifurcation of the left and right hepatic ducts or involve aberrant ducts. We have developed a novel approach to the right-sided component of such injuries. Preoperatively all isolated sections of the biliary tree are intuhated percutaneously. At surgery the left duct is found by the Hepp-Couinaud approach. Dissection is continued to the right, staying within the coronal plane of the left hepatic duct, and continuing across the gall-bladder plate into segment 5 between the hepatic parenchyma and the Wallerian sheath of the right portal pedicle. Hepatic parenchyma, anterior to the sheath, is resected. After a length of portal pedicle is exposed, right-sided bile ducts are opened on their anterior surface, using the percutaneous transhepatic stents as a guide, and hepaticojejunostomy is performed. Twenty-three patients were treated from May 1993 to February 1999. Injury types and (number of patients) were as follows: B (n = 2), C (n = 5), E4 (n = 10), and E5 (n = 6). There were no perioperative deaths. Follow-up ranged from 8 months to 7 years (median 3 years). There have been no cases of restricture, reoperation, or jaundice, and no interventional procedures. Serum bilirubin is normal in all patients. Alkaline phosphatasc is normal or less than two times the normal value in 21 of 22 living patients. This novel approach brings the benefits of the Hepp-Couinaud approach to the right hepatic ducts. Very satisfactory results were obtained in the most severe types of biliary injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Aberrant bile ducts
  • Biliary injury
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy


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