Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A report from a single center

Konstantinos Vagenas, Stavros N. Karamanakos, Charalambos Spyropoulos, Spyros Panagiotopoulos, Menelaos Karanikolas, Michalis Stavropoulos

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Aim: To review and evaluate our experience in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on data collected during a 13-year period (1992-2005) from 1220 patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Results: Mortality rate was 0%. The overall morbidity rate was 5.08% (n = 62), with the most serious complications arising from injuries to the biliary tree and the cystic artery. In 23 (1.88%) cases, cholecystectomy could not be completed laparoscopically and the operation was converted to an open procedure. Though the patients were scheduled as day-surgery cases, the average duration of hospital stay was 2.29 d, as the complicated cases with prolonged hospital stay were included in the calculation. Conclusion: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a safe, minimally invasive technique with favorable results for the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3887-3890
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 28 2006


  • Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally invasive


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