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Outpatient laparoscopic surgery: feasibility and consequences for education and health care costs

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the outcome of ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC), antireflux surgery, adrenalectomy and splenectomy and possible implications for surgical education and health care costs.


Prospective, observational study 1994–2003.


The success rate of ambulatory treatment was 83.5% in 1060 LC patients, 80% in 113 antireflux procedures, 100% in 22 laparoscopic adrenalectomies, and 75% in 12 laparoscopic splenectomies. In a total number of 1207 patients, health care costs were reduced by almost $700,000, compared to 1-day hospital stay. The educational potential of same-day surgery is large, due to high numbers of patients, and 80% of our educational potential has been exploited.


Ambulatory laparoscopic surgery is cost effective, patient friendly, and appropriate for surgical resident training. Strict organization of security rules is mandatory.

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Skattum, J., Edwin, B., Trondsen, E. et al. Outpatient laparoscopic surgery: feasibility and consequences for education and health care costs. Surg Endosc 18, 796–801 (2004).

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