PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to define any benefits in terms of early outcome for laparoscopic colectomy in patients over 80 years old compared with open colectomy. METHODS: Sixty-one patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy for colorectal cancer were matched to 61 open colectomy patients for gender, age, year of surgery, site of cancer, and comorbidity on admission. Independence status on admission and at discharge from the hospital was also evaluated. RESULTS: Mean (standard deviation) age was 82.3 (3.5) years in the laparoscopy group and 83.1 (3.3) years in the open group. Conversion rate was 6.1 percent. Operative time was 49 minutes longer in the laparoscopy group (P = 0.001 ). The overall mortality rate was 2.4 percent. The morbidity rate was 21.5 percent in the laparoscopy group and 31.1 percent in the open group (P = 0.30). Patients in the laparoscopy group had a faster recovery of bowel function (P = 0.01) and a significant reduction of the mean length of hospital stay (9.8 vs. 12.9 days for the open group, P = 0.001). Laparoscopy allowed a better preservation of postoperative independence status compared with the that of the open group (P = 0.02). CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic colectomy for cancer in octogenarians is safe and beneficial including preservation of postoperative independence and a reduction of length of hospital stay.
|Titolo:||Laparoscopic vs. open colectomies in octogenarians : a case-matched control study|
|Parole Chiave:||Colorectal cancer; Colorectal surgery; Elderly; Laparoscopy; Postoperative morbidity|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s10350-005-0147-0|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|