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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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Implementation of laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery – a single center’s experience

Andrzej P. Kwiatkowski, Gabriela Stępińska, Edward Stanowski, Krzysztof Paśnik

Videosurgery Miniinv 2018; 13 (1): 27–32
Online publish date: 2018/01/16
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Introduction
Implementation of the laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery has not happened as rapidly as in cholecystectomy, because of concerns about oncological safety. The results of controlled trials in multiple centers showed the method to be safe. Consequently, surgeons decided to try the approach with colorectal surgery. This process, in our clinic, began in earnest about four years ago.

Aim
To analyze and present the clinical outcomes of applying the laparoscopic approach to colorectal surgery in a single center.

Material and methods
We retrospectively identified patients from a hospital database who underwent colorectal surgery – laparoscopic and open – between 2013 and 2016. Our focus was on laparoscopic cases. Study points included operative time, duration of the hospital stay, postoperative mortality and rates of complications, conversion, reoperation and readmission.

Results
Of 534 cases considered, the results showed that the relation between open and laparoscopic procedures had reversed, in favor of the latter method (2013: open: 82% vs. laparoscopic: 18%; 2016: open: 22.4% vs. laparoscopic: 77.6%). The most commonly performed procedure was right hemicolectomy. The total complication rate was 22%. The total rate of conversion to open surgery was 9.3%. The postoperative mortality rate was 3%.

Conclusions
Use of the laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery has increased in recent years world-wide – including in Poland – but the technique is still underused. Rapid implementation of the miniinvasive method in colorectal surgery, in centers with previous laparoscopic experience, is not only safe and feasible, but also highly recommended.

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laparoscopy, colorectal surgery, implementation, outcomes, miniinvasive surgery

  
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