The feasibility of laparoscopic colectomy in urgent and emergent settings

Brad Champagne, Jonah J. Stulberg, Zhen Fan, Conor P. Delaney

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Background: Laparoscopic colectomy (LC) is slowly becoming the standard of care for elective resections. However, the use of LC in the emergency setting is relatively unstudied. The authors describe their experience with a series of emergent and urgent LC cases for a variety of colorectal pathologies. Methods: This study reviewed 20 consecutive patients who had a laparoscopic emergent or urgent colectomy over a 2-year period. Patient demographics, indications for surgery, operative details, and postoperative complications were examined. Results: Two cases were converted to open procedure, and the mean operative time was 162 min (median, 163 min). The average postoperative length of hospital stay was 8.1 days (median, 6 days). There was one reoperation and three readmissions within 30 days, with no mortality during the follow-up period. Six patients required intensive care unit (ICU) stays after surgery, and 40% of the patients had one or more postoperative complications. Conclusions: With increasing experience, LC is a feasible option in nonelective situations. Further prospective and comparative studies will improve our understanding of the outcomes for emergency LC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1791-1796
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Colectomy
  • Emergency colectomy
  • Laparoscopic colectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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