The Call Bladder: Dealing with the Acute Gallbladder

Session Description

Surgeons are more frequently evaluating the acute on-call gallbladder in ever older and sicker patients. They may be anticoagulated, septic, or have had numerous abdominal operations. This panel will discuss technical issues in operating upon the thickened and heavily indurated acute gallbladder and alternative strategies to deal with these difficult situations, such as percutaneous cholecystectomy or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

Moderator: Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, Salina, KS

Co-Moderator: Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS, FCCM, Lubbock, TX


A Panel on the Infamous Call Bladder
Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS, FCCM, Lubbock, TX

Case Presentations in Emergency Gallbladder Surgery
Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, Salina, KS

Indications and Issues for Emergency Gallbladder Surgery
Amanda K. Arrington, MD, FACS, Tucson, AZ

The Benefits and Risks of Fenestrated Cholecystectomy
Steven M. Strasberg, MD, FACS, St. Louis, MO

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) and the Surgeon
Michael D. Sarap, MD, FACS, Cambridge, OH

The Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Surgeon and Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Is Open Cholecystectomy Still Indicated?
Aurora D. Pryor, MD, FACS, Stony Brook, NY

Where Does Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration Fit In?
Patrick L. Molt, MD, FACS, Fairfield, IL

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for General Surgery

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

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The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Amanda K. Arrington MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Aurora D. Pryor, MD, FACS - Baronova: Research Support: Research; Ethicon / Stryker: Honorarium: Speaker; Medtronic: Honorarium: Speaker; Merck / Gore: Honorarium: Speaker; Obalon: Research support: Research
Michael D. Sarap MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Patrick L. Molt MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Sharmila Dissanaike MD, FACS, FCCM - Nothing to Disclose
Steven M. Strasberg MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Taylor S. Riall, MD, FACS - Taylor Your Success Coaching, LLC: Sole owner
Tyler G. Hughes MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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