Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 1039–1044 | Cite as

Does laparoscopy reduce splenic injuries during colorectal resections? An assessment from the ACS-NSQIP database

  • Ozgen Isik
  • Erman Aytac
  • Jean Ashburn
  • Gokhan Ozuner
  • Feza Remzi
  • Meagan Costedio
  • Emre Gorgun



Nearly half of all incidental splenectomies caused by iatrogenic splenic injury occur during colorectal surgery. This study evaluates factors associated with incidental splenic procedures during colorectal surgery and their impact on short-term outcomes using a nationwide database.


Patients who underwent colorectal resections between 2005 and 2012 were identified from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database according to Current Procedural Terminology codes. Patients were classified into two groups based on whether they underwent a concurrent incidental splenic procedure at the time of the colorectal procedure. All splenic procedures except a preoperatively intended splenectomy performed in conjunction with colon or rectal resections were considered as incidental. Perioperative and short-term (30 day) outcomes were compared between the groups.


In total, 93633 patients who underwent colon and/or rectal resection were identified. Among these, 215 patients had incidental splenic procedures (153 open splenectomy, 17 laparoscopic splenectomy, 36 splenorraphy, and 9 partial splenectomy). Open colorectal resections were associated with a significantly increased likelihood of incidental splenic procedures (OR 6.58, p < 0.001) compared to laparoscopic surgery. Incidental splenic procedures were associated with increased length of total hospital stay (OR 1.25, p < 0.001), mechanical ventilation dependency (OR 1.62, p = 0.02), transfusion requirement (OR: 3.84, p < 0.001), re-operation requirement (OR 1.7, p = 0.005), and sepsis (OR: 2.03, p = 0.001). Short-term advantages of splenic salvage (splenorraphy or partial splenectomy) included shorter length of total hospital stay (p = 0.001) and decreased need for re-operation (p < 0.001).


Incidental splenic procedures during colorectal resections are associated with worse short-term outcomes. Use of the laparoscopic technique decreases the need for incidental splenic procedures.


Colorectal surgery Incidental Splenic injury 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ozgen Isik
    • 1
  • Erman Aytac
    • 1
  • Jean Ashburn
    • 1
  • Gokhan Ozuner
    • 1
  • Feza Remzi
    • 1
  • Meagan Costedio
    • 1
  • Emre Gorgun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryDigestive Disease InstituteClevelandUSA

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