This is an operation on the common bile duct, which connects the liver to the gastrointestinal tract. The bile duct transports bile, which helps dissolve lipids in our diet so they can be absorbed by the body. If the flow of bile from the liver is disrupted by a gallstone or a tumor, for example, you may need biliary surgery.

The operation

Biliary surgery is one operation that is still done mostly open. You’ll require general anesthesia and probably a short hospital stay afterwards.

There are several ways to perform the surgery depending on the indication for it. If it’s a gallstone, it will be removed. A tumor can be excised or other blockages can necessitate a bypass of the duct. Your surgeon will explain the details of your procedure.