Small-Bowel Obstruction Threat Reduced by Laparoscopy

by Nancy Needhima on  April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Open surgery seems to be linked to an amplified risk of small-bowel obstructions in comparison to laparoscopic procedures. This is shown by a new study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Small-Bowel Obstruction Threat Reduced by Laparoscopy
Small-Bowel Obstruction Threat Reduced by Laparoscopy

In many cases, the surgical technique is the most important factor when it comes to adhesive small-bowel obstruction, even when taking factors such as age, previous operations and other health conditions into account.

This is shown by a study carried out at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy, which reviewed 108,141 operations carried out in Sweden between 2002 and 2004.

Nine surgical interventions examinedIn the study, published in the journal Archives of Surgery, nine different common surgical and gynaecological interventions were examined. The results show that open surgery increases the risk of small-bowel obstructions by up to four times compared with surgery using laparoscopic techniques.

Source: Eurekalert

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