Laparoscopic vs. open colectomies in octogenarians: A case-matched control study

Andrea Vignali, Saverio Di Palo, Andrea Tamburini, Giovanni Radaelli, Elena Orsenigo, Carlo Staudacher

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to define any benefits in terms of early outcome for laparoscopic colectomy in patients over 80 years old compared with open colectomy. METHODS: Sixty-one patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy for colorectal cancer were matched to 61 open colectomy patients for gender, age, year of surgery, site of cancer, and comorbidity on admission. Independence status on admission and at discharge from the hospital was also evaluated. RESULTS: Mean (standard deviation) age was 82.3 (3.5) years in the laparoscopy group and 83.1 (3.3) years in the open group. Conversion rate was 6.1 percent. Operative time was 49 minutes longer in the laparoscopy group (P = 0.001 ). The overall mortality rate was 2.4 percent. The morbidity rate was 21.5 percent in the laparoscopy group and 31.1 percent in the open group (P = 0.30). Patients in the laparoscopy group had a faster recovery of bowel function (P = 0.01) and a significant reduction of the mean length of hospital stay (9.8 vs. 12.9 days for the open group, P = 0.001). Laparoscopy allowed a better preservation of postoperative independence status compared with the that of the open group (P = 0.02). CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic colectomy for cancer in octogenarians is safe and beneficial including preservation of postoperative independence and a reduction of length of hospital stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2070-2075
Number of pages6
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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Colectomy
Laparoscopy
Case-Control Studies
Length of Stay
Recovery of Function
Operative Time
Comorbidity
Colorectal Neoplasms
Neoplasms
Morbidity
Mortality

Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Elderly
  • Laparoscopy
  • Postoperative morbidity

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  • Gastroenterology

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Laparoscopic vs. open colectomies in octogenarians : A case-matched control study. / Vignali, Andrea; Di Palo, Saverio; Tamburini, Andrea; Radaelli, Giovanni; Orsenigo, Elena; Staudacher, Carlo.

In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Vol. 48, No. 11, 11.2005, p. 2070-2075.

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Vignali, Andrea ; Di Palo, Saverio ; Tamburini, Andrea ; Radaelli, Giovanni ; Orsenigo, Elena ; Staudacher, Carlo. / Laparoscopic vs. open colectomies in octogenarians : A case-matched control study. In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2005 ; Vol. 48, No. 11. pp. 2070-2075.
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