Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 477–483 | Cite as

Hemodynamic and pulmonary changes during open, carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum, and abdominal wall-lifting cholecystectomy

A prospective, randomized study
  • G. Galizia
  • G. Prizio
  • E. Lieto
  • P. Castellano
  • L. Pelosio
  • V. Imperatore
  • A. Ferrara
  • C. Pignatelli
Original Articles



Carbon dioxide (CO2) pneumoperitoneum effects are still controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate cardiopulmonary changes in patients subjected to different surgical procedures for cholecystectomy.


In this study, 15 patients were assigned randomly to three groups according to the surgical procedure to be used: open cholecystectomy (OC), CO2 pneumoperitoneum cholecystectomy (PP), and laparoscopic gasless cholecystectomy (abdominal wall lifting [AWL]), respectively. A pulmonary artery catheter was used for hemodynamic monitoring in all patients. A subcutaneous multiplanar device (Laparo Tenser) was used for abdominal wall lifting. To avoid misinterpretation of results, conventional anesthesia was performed with all parameters, and the position of the patients held fixed thoroughout surgery. The following parameters were analyzed: men arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), cardiac output (CO), cardiac index (CI), stroke volume index (SVI), central venous pressure (CVP), systemic vascular resistances index (SVRI), mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), pulmonary vascular resistances index (PVRI), peak inspiratory pressure (PIP), end-tidal CO2 pressure (ETCO)2, CO2 arterial pressure (PaCO2), and arterial pH.


All the operations were completed successfully. The Laparo Tenser allowed good exposition of the surgical field. A slight impairment of the cardiopulmonary functions, with reduction of SVRI, MAP, and CI and elevation of pulmonary pressures and vascular resistance, followed induction of anesthesia. However, these effects tended to normalize in the OC and AWL groups over time. In contrast, CO2 insufflation produced a complex hemodynamic and pulmonary syndrome resulting in increased right- and left side filling pressures, significant cardiac index reduction, derangement of the respiratory mechanics, and respiratory acidosis. All of these effects normalized after desufflation.


Cardiopulmonary adverse effects of general anesthesia were significant but transitory and normalized during surgery. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum caused a significant impairment in cardiopulmonary functions. In high-risk patients, gasless laparoscopy may be preferred for reliability and absence of cardiopulmonary alterations.

Key words

Abdominal wall lifting Cardiopulmonary functions Laparoscopic surgery Laparo Tenser Pneumoperitoneum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Galizia
    • 1
  • G. Prizio
    • 1
  • E. Lieto
    • 1
  • P. Castellano
    • 1
  • L. Pelosio
    • 1
  • V. Imperatore
    • 1
  • A. Ferrara
    • 1
  • C. Pignatelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgical Sciences, General and Hepato-Biliary Surgery UnitSecond University of Naples School of MedicineNaplesItaly

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