Elective cholecystectomy via a 5 cm subcostal incision
CITATION: Warren, B. L. & Marais, A. W. 1992. Elective cholecystectomy via a 5 cm subcostal incision. South African Medical Journal, 82:349-350.
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This report describes a technique whereby elective cholecystectomy is performed through a 5 cm abdominal incision. Initial results in 18 patients compared with 112 historical control patients undergoing conventional cholecystectomy suggest an encouraging reduction in postoperative hospitalisation time, analgesic requirements and period of recuperation. The procedure takes no longer to perform than conventional cholecystectomy and obesity is not a limiting factor, as originally thought. This technique deserves a place alongside laparoscopic and conventional cholecystectomy in future studies seeking the optimal method of managing symptomatic cholelithiasis.