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August 11, 2021

Change to Helping Patients With Symptomatic Cholelithiasis—Does Everybody Win With an Operation?

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  • 1Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital, Columbus
  • 2Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(10):e213723. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.3723

Clinicians generally accept, almost without question, that patients undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic cholelithiasis will experience improvement in their symptoms after the operation. We believe this with such confidence that it remains one of the so-called safe places in general surgery, away from controversy, drama, or questionable expectations. In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Latenstein and colleagues1 have nicely shown that—of course—it gets complicated.

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