Updates in Surgery

, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 265–268 | Cite as

Cholecystectomy in octogenarians: be careful

  • Yasuyuki FukamiEmail author
  • Yasuhiro Kurumiya
  • Keisuke Mizuno
  • Ei Sekoguchi
  • Satoshi Kobayashi
Original Article


Cholecystectomy is the standard treatment for symptomatic gallstone or acute cholecystitis, and a growing number of elderly patients are undergoing resection. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical outcome of cholecystectomy in elderly patients. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 337 patients with symptomatic gallstone or acute cholecystitis who underwent cholecystectomies between January 2011 and June 2013. Perioperative data were compared between octogenarians and younger patients. A subgroup undergoing cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis (n = 146, 43.3 %) was further analyzed. The octogenarian group included 34 patients (10.1 %), while the younger patient group included 303 patients (89.9 %). The octogenarian group was associated with higher rates of comorbidities and acute cholecystitis. The octogenarian group had significantly low laparoscopic completed rates, high postoperative complication rates, and longer postoperative hospital stays. Among the acute cholecystitis group, 24 patients (16.4 %) were octogenarians and 122 patients (83.6 %) were younger patients. No significant difference was found in the morbidity and postoperative hospital stay between the two groups. Only one patient (0.3 %), an octogenarian, died of pneumonia. Cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstone or acute cholecystitis can be safely performed even in octogenarians. However, care should be taken because they have comorbidities and limited functional reserves.


Elderly Laparoscopic cholecystectomy Octogenarians 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuyuki Fukami
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yasuhiro Kurumiya
    • 1
  • Keisuke Mizuno
    • 1
  • Ei Sekoguchi
    • 1
  • Satoshi Kobayashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryToyota Kosei HospitalToyotaJapan

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