TITLE

Lateral Approach to Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in the Previously Operated Abdomen

AUTHOR(S)
Goldstein, Sharon L.; Matthews, Brent D.; Sing, Ronald F.; Kercher, Kent W.; Heniford, B. Todd
PUB. DATE
August 2001
SOURCE
Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques;Aug2001, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p183
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: In the past, prior abdominal surgery was often felt to be a contraindication to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The presence of adhesions precludes using a simple paraumbilical open approach for insufflation and initial trocar insertion because of an increased risk of bowel perforation and the difficulty in obtaining adequate exposure. Patients and Methods: We report 32 consecutive patients with previous upper midline incisions who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy with cholangiography and describe the technique and lateral positioning to facilitate this approach. Results: In our series, there were no complications. The mean length of hospital stay was 1.3 days, and the conversion rate to an open procedure was 3%: one patient who had had 22 previous abdominal operations. Conclusion: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed with the patient in the lateral position is safe and effective for patients who have had previous midline incisions.
ACCESSION #
5322990

 

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