Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has been adopted by many as the treatment of choice for uncomplicated biliary lithiasis; since an increasing number of surgeons use LC even in complicated cases, we examined our series in order to see if this is the correct procedure. We report on the results of our first 252 LC and compare them with our latest 66 open cholecystectomies, in order to evaluate number and importance of postoperative complications. Besides we compare complications in patients below and over 60 years of age to verify if age bears any significance. We found no difference in frequency of complications among patients younger or older than 60; highly significant is, on the contrary, the difference in complications between the two procedures, the incidence being much lower in the laparoscopic one. We state that LC is a safe and effective procedure and suggest it as the method of choice for the treatment of any symptomatic gallbladder stone diseaae.
|Translated title of the contribution||Laparoscopic vs open cholecystectomy. Postoperative complications|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
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