Objectives: The purpose of this study is to report our single institution transplant surgery referral center's experience with 139 consecutive biliary tract reconstructions performed in a mixed cohort of liver transplant recipients and patients with biliary tract malignancies, iatrogenic injuries, or other benign biliary pathology.
Materials and methods: Between July 1999 and February 2003, 139 biliary tract reconstructions were performed in 119 patients, using five various types of biliary reconstructions. The records and operative notes of all patients were reviewed with particular attention to surgical technique, operative mortality, post-operative complications and post-operative liver function tests with respect to biliary function.
Results: The mean duration of follow-up was 19.4 months (range 1.0 - 44.7 months). We were pleased to find excellent results from bilio-enteric reconstruction as no patient in our series developed cholangitis, jaundice or liver failure.
Conclusion: Our goal is to inform the hepatobiliary and general surgeons of the principles of restoring biliary drainage that have arisen from our experience in a variety of reconstruction.