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An "all 5 mm ports" technique for laparoscopic day-case anti-reflux surgery: A consecutive case series of 205 patients.

Almond, L M and Charalampakis, V and Mistry, P and Hodson, J and Lafaurie, G and Matthews, J and Singhal, Rishi and Super, Paul (2016) An "all 5 mm ports" technique for laparoscopic day-case anti-reflux surgery: A consecutive case series of 205 patients. International journal of surgery (London, England), 35. pp. 214-217. ISSN 1743-9159. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is conventionally performed using two 10/12 mm ports. While laparoscopic procedures reduce post-operative pain, the use of larger ports invariably increases discomfort and affects cosmesis. We describe a new all 5 mm ports technique for laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery and present a review of our initial experience with this approach.

METHODS

All patients undergoing laparoscopic fundoplication over a 35 month period from February 2013 under the care of a single surgeon were included. A Lind laparoscopic fundoplication was performed using an all 5 mm port technique. Data was recorded prospectively on patient demographics, operating surgeon, surgical time, date of discharge, readmissions, complications, need for re-intervention, and reasons for admission.

RESULTS

Two hundred and five consecutive patients underwent laparoscopic fundoplication over the study period. The all 5 mm port technique was used in all cases, with conversion to a 12 mm port only once (0.49%). Median operating time was 52 min 185 (90.2%) patients were discharged as day cases. Increasing ASA grade and the presence of a hiatus hernia were associated with the need for overnight stay with admission required in 33% of patients with ASA 3, compared to 4% with ASA 1 (p = 0.001), and 29% of those with a hiatus hernia vs. 5% without (p < 0.001). No port-related complications occurred, and no patients developed recurrence of reflux symptoms. A single patient required mesh repair of a large hiatus hernia.

CONCLUSION

The all 5 mm ports approach to laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is a safe, efficient, and cost-effective technique which facilitates same day discharge and minimises port related complications. National commissioning guidelines in the UK should target quality improvements in anti-reflux surgery based around day-case management. This would improve the service for these patients and culminate in cost savings for the NHS.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.
Subjects: WO Surgery
Divisions: Planned IP Care > General Surgery
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Depositing User: Preeti Puligari
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 15:05
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 15:05
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1113

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