Choledochojejunostomy is a surgical procedure to connect the common bile duct to the jejunum, the middle part of the small intestine in between the duodenum and the ileum.

The procedure is used to allow the bile to drain. It may be curative or palliative.
  • Biliary obstruction.
  • Cholangitis.
  • Bile duct stricture.
  • Bile duct stones.
  • Jaundice caused by cancer.
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Anastomotic leak.
  • Recurrence.
  • Reaction to anesthesia.
Choledochojejunostomy is fairly effective in establishing biliary drainage, but it is not a cure for some of the reasons why the procedure was necessary to begin with. As a palliative procedure, it can help a patient be more comfortable as they undergo cancer treatments.
What if the procedure is not performed?
Depending on the reason for the procedure, not undergoing it may have life-threatening complications.
Alternative treatments depend on the reason for the procedure in the first place. Stones may be removed using an endoscope during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). A choledochoduodenostomy is a similar procedure that connects the common bile duct to the duodenum. In some cases, the bile duct may be dissected and widened, and equipment may be placed to facilitate drainage.

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