Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques

, Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 1163–1171

Laparoscopic surgery: Pitfalls due to anesthesia, positioning, and pneumoperitoneum


DOI: 10.1007/s00464-004-2250-z

Cite this article as:
Henny, C. & Hofland, J. Surg Endosc (2005) 19: 1163. doi:10.1007/s00464-004-2250-z



Laparoscopic procedures are increasing in number and extensiveness. Many patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery have coexisting disease. Especially in patients with cardiopulmonary comorbidity, pneumoperitoneum and positioning can be deleterious. This article reviews possible pitfalls related to the combination of anesthesia, positioning of the patient, and the influence of pneumoperitoneum in the course of laparoscopic interventions.


A literature search using Medline’s MESH terms was used to identify recent key articles. Cross-references from these articles were used as well.


Patient positioning and pneumoperitoneum can induce hemodynamic, pulmonary, renal, splanchnic, and endocrine pathophysiological changes, which will affect the entire perioperative period of patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures.


Perioperative management for the estimation and reduction of risk of morbidity and mortality due to surgery and anesthesia in laparoscopic procedures must be based on knowledge of the pathophysiological disturbances induced by the combination of general anesthesia, pneumoperitoneum, and positioning of the patient.


Surgery Laparoscopy Anesthesia Pneumoperitoneum artificial 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, room H1-228Academic Medical Centre/University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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