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*Vidyasankar V., *Cheetham M. , *McCloud J
Colorectal Disease, July 2014, vol./is. 16/(189), 1462-8910 (July 2014)
Aim: Randomised controlled trials have demonstrated short-term advantages to laparoscopic surgery for ileocaecal Crohn’s disease. Following the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery, we extended our repertoire to include laparoscopic Crohn’s resections. The aim of our study was to assess the safety and outcome following the introduction of laparoscopic resection for ileocaecal Crohn’s. Method: Between January 2008 and November 2012, 30 patients (12 men and 18 women, Median age 30 years), underwent laparoscopic ileocaecal resection for Crohn’s disease. 27 patients had stricturing disease, 2 patients presented with a mass and 1 presented with perforation. Patients were given an intraoperative spinal anaesthetic followed by PCA for 48 hours. All patients were commenced on an enhanced recovery programme. Results: Mean operative time was 90 min. Mean hospital stay was 3 days (range 3-7 days). Two patients (6%) required conversion to open surgery because of a fixed mass (n = 1) and dense adhesions (n = 1). One patient (3%) required reoperation due to haemorrhage. One patient (3%) had prolonged hospital stay due to ileus. One patient (3%) had an anastomotic leak. There were no deaths in this series. Conclusion: Our study demonstrates that laparoscopic resection of ileocaecal Crohn’s disease can be safely performed at a district general hospital with a short length of stay and minimal morbidity.
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