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Another Boost For Minimally Invasive Surgery

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 5:20am
Michael Smith

For most types of abdominal surgery, an open procedure appears to increase the risk of later small bowel obstruction, compared with laparoscopy, researchers reported.

In a population-based study, the incidence of small bowel obstruction, owing to adhesions, ranged from 0.4 percent to 13.9 percent depending on the procedure, according to Eva Angenete, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Ostra in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues.

But with the exception of bariatric surgery, the risk of small bowel obstruction was higher with open surgery than laparoscopy, Angenete and colleagues reported in the April issue of Archives of Surgery.

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