TITLE

Incidental Cholecystectomy during Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery

AUTHOR(S)
Klaus, Alexander; Hinder, Ronald A.; Swain, James; Achem, Sami R.
PUB. DATE
July 2002
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Jul2002, Vol. 68 Issue 7, p619
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cholelithiasis and gastroesophageal reflux are both very common diseases that may occur simultaneously. Management of asymptomatic gallstones is still controversial. Because severe complications due to gallstones may occur incidental cholecystectomy during nonrelated abdominal surgery may be offered to patients with coexisting gallbladder disease. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical outcome of patients after laparoscopic fundoplication and incidental cholecystectomy for cholelithiasis compared with the outcome of patients after fundoplication alone. We conducted a retrospective chart review and prospective analysis using a questionnaire of the clinical outcome of patients who underwent laparoscopic fundoplication and incidental cholecystectomy from June 1991 to January 2000 in comparison with sex- and age-matched patients who had antireflux surgery alone. Sixty-seven (6.3%) of 1065 patients had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the time of laparoscopic antireflux surgery; 101 (75%) of 134 answered the questionnaire. The mean follow-up time was 4.6 years. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy did not influence surgical morbidity or mortality. Postoperative symptom score (1-10) did not show a statistically significant difference regarding bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, biliary problems, jaundice, pancreatitis, dysphagia for liquids and solid, heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain when the two groups were compared. We conclude that incidental cholecystectomy during laparoscopic antireflux surgery is safe and does not appear to influence the clinical outcome of the antireflux procedure.
ACCESSION #
7752200

 

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