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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108


MARTINEZ VIEIRA, A. et al. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the treatment of biliary lithiasis: outpatient surgery or short stay unit?. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2004, vol.96, n.7, pp.452-459. ISSN 1130-0108.

Objective: analysis of clinical and surgical factors in a series of patients subjected to laparoscopic cholecystectomy in an outpatient unit and their relationship with time of discharge and patient acceptance. Patients and method: eighty one consecutive patients underwent to elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy during year 2002 within S.A.S. (Andalusian Health Service) from a surgical waiting list. Retrospective and comparative study between two groups: group A includes patients discharged between 24 and 48 hours after intervention; group B includes patients discharged in less than 24 hours. We analyse the clinical and surgical characteristics and post-operative outcome of both groups of patients. Results: group A was composed of 53 patients and group B of 28 patients. Factors of clinical significance which determined discharge after 24 hours included: early post-surgical incidences or complications (p = 0.017), inability to tolerate oral diet (p = 0.002), and doubts and feelings insecurity of patients regarding discharge by traditional means 62.3% (p = 0.0003). Conclusions: outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a safe and reliable procedure with a high acceptance rate and few complications. Perhaps traditional culture has to be changed to obtain better results.

Palabras clave : Outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Perceived quality; Day surgery unit.

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