What are the benefits and harms of early versus delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for patients with biliary colic due to gallstones?
These results are based on 1 trial which involved only 75 patients, and had a high risk of systematic errors due to unclear allocation concealment and lack of blinding and sample size calculation.
Cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstones is one of the commonest abdominal operations performed. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually performed on a delayed (elective) basis for gallstone pain (without gallbladder inflammation), ie, biliary colic, but can be performed as an emergency surgery. Patients can develop life-threatening complications while waiting for surgery.