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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery For Appendicitis May Not Be Better

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 4:17am

I don’t usually like to review papers that have only been published in abstract form or orally presented because complete data are not available for analysis. But I’m going to make an exception here because a recent paper presented at the American College of Surgeons annual meeting in October and featured on page 1 of Surgery News supports one of my many biases.

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong performed a trial involving 200 patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy randomized into two groups, conventional 3-port [3P] and laparoscopic single-site access [LESS]. The 3P approach uses 3 small incisions to insert the scope/camera and instruments while the LESS uses a single incision at the umbilicus with the scope/camera and instruments all inserted via the one incision.

Guess what? LESS was not only harder to perform [due to the inability to triangulate the instruments which are too close to each other] but it also caused significantly more postoperative pain.

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