The field of laparoscopic general surgery has exploded since the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed in the late 1980’s. Initially, pregnancy was considered an absolute contraindication to laparoscopic surgery. Recent clinical reports have demonstrated the feasibility, advantages and potential safety of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the pregnant patient. However, concerns about the effects of a carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum on mother and fetus persist, resulting in controversy and concern.
KeywordsLaparoscopic Surgery Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Acute Appendicitis Pregnant Patient Respiratory Acidosis
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