Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 1071–1074

Laparoscopic-assited colectomy in patients with liver cirrhosis

  • J. -L. Martínez
  • H. Rivas
  • S. Delgado
  • A. Castells
  • J. M. Pique
  • A. M. Lacy
Original article

DOI: 10.1007/s00464-003-9222-6

Cite this article as:
Martínez, J.-., Rivas, H., Delgado, S. et al. Surg Endosc (2004) 18: 1071. doi:10.1007/s00464-003-9222-6

Abstract

Background

Nonhepatic abdominal surgery, and especially colorectal surgery, is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality among cirrhotic patients. With proper patient selection and preoperative optimization of the patient’s condition, laparoscopic-assisted colectomy could become effective and safe for patients with compensated liver cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of minimal-access surgery in these patients.

Methods

Between September 1993 and March 2003, 820 patients underwent laparoscopic-assisted colectomy at our hospital. We studied all patients with liver cirrhosis who underwent this operation.

Results

Seventeen patients with cirrhosis were included in the study. Twelve were Child’s A and five were Child’s B. The mean operative time was 150 min (ranges 75–280), mean estimated blood loss was 245 ml (ranges 100—250). The conversion rate to open surgery was 29% (five patients). Median length of hospital stay was 5 days. The morbidity rate was 29% (five patients). There were no anastomotic leaks or operative-related deaths. The median follow-up was 21 months.

Conclusions

Laparoscopic-assisted colorectal surgery can be performed in compensated cirrhotic patients with low morbidity and mortality. Adequate patient selection and expertise in advanced minimal-access surgery are essential to obtain such good results.

Keywords

LaparoscopyCirrhosisColectomyMinimal-access surgeryColon cancer

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. -L. Martínez
    • 1
  • H. Rivas
    • 1
  • S. Delgado
    • 1
  • A. Castells
    • 2
  • J. M. Pique
    • 2
  • A. M. Lacy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gastrointestinal SurgeryInstitute of Digestive Diseases, Colorectal Cancer Unit, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Corporació Sanitària ClínicBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of GastroenterologyInstitute of Digestive Diseases, Colorectal Cancer Unit, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Corporació Sanitària ClínicBarcelonaSpain