Background: The use of laparoscopy in the scarred abdomen is now well established. However, recent laparotomy and the presence of a fresh abdominal wound usually preclude laparoscopic intervention. Thus, early postlaparotomy complications, which mandate surgical interventions, are usually treated by a second laparotomy. We report our experience with the use of laparoscopy for the treatment of postoperative complications, after open abdominal procedures. Methods: Fourteen patients were operated for a variety of conditions, and postoperative complications, such as bowel obstruction, intraabdominal infection, or anastomotic insufficiency, were handled laparoscopically. Results: Eleven patients recovered from the acute condition. One patient died from sepsis, one retroperitoneal abscess was missed and later drained percutaneously, and one conversion to open surgery was necessary because of adhesions and lack of working space. Conclusions: We conclude that a recent laparotomy is not a contraindication for laparoscopic management of acute abdominal conditions. Postlaparotomy complications can be successfully treated by laparoscopy. Avoiding the reopening of the abdominal wound and a second laparotomy may reduce the additional surgical trauma, and thus result in easier recovery.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|State||Published - Jun 2004|