BACKGROUND: The laparoscopic approach for appendicectomies remains a frequent topic of debate. In this study we report the experience with laparoscopic (LA) and open appendicectomies (OA) achieved in a british University Hospital over one year where most of these operations have been conducted by junior trainees.
METHODS: Retrospective review of LA and OA performed at the Whipps Cross University Hospital of London (U.K.). Outcomes measured were the operating time, length of hospital stay and post-operative complications.
RESULTS: Between January and December 2008 205 appendicectomies have been performed on adult patients. Eighty-eight per cent of the procedures were conducted by junior surgeons. The operating time was significantly shorter for the OA vs. LA patients (55 ± 26.8 vs. 83 ± 26.9 min, p < 0.01). The hospital stay confirmed a significant advantage for LA (2.2 vs. 3.7 days, p = 0.02). No significant differences were present among techniques for the overall morbidity, post-operative intra-abdominal abscesses and rate of readmissions.
CONCLUSIONS: Under adequate supervision LA can be safely performed by junior surgeons and reduces the hospital stay.
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F. Colombo, S.M. Andreani, G. Gravante*, A. Davies
Laparoscopic vs. open appendicectomies: results obtained by junior surgeons at a british University Hospital
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 16 - N. 5