Subtotal Cholecystectomy - Type 3

Case scenario

This video demonstrates a type 3 subtotal cholecystectomy. A "worst-case scenario", where inflammation, difficult anatomy and scar tissue make the traditional approach impossible.

Standard laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures follow the classic approach to visualize Calot's triangle. Under certain circumstances, the dissection may be difficult and even dangerous.

Utilizing anatomic landmarks such as the Sulcus of Rouvier and the hilar plate, the 'Top-Around approach' may be attempted to safely visualize the cystic duct and artery.

In severe circumstances, the decision to change the surgical plan to a subtotal cholecystectomy should be considered as a valid alternative approach.