Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Sudan

  • MAM Ibnouf
  • Mohamed Mahmoud
  • Yosif A Abdulgadir
  • Ali A Salama
  • El Tayb El Amri


Background: Laparoscopic surgery faces lots of constraints in the less developing countries.

The aim: To audit day-case laparoscopic cholecystectomy in our set up in Sudan.

Method: Prospective collection of data for 602 consecutive laparoscopic cholecystectomies. 136 patients were discharged 10 hours after surgery. They were selected according to clinical and social criteria. Pain, nausea and vomiting, operative time, period of hospitalization and patient satisfaction were studied.

Results: 136 patients operated as day case have mean (±SD) age 46.92(± 14.95) years and ASA score I (n = 122), II (n = 14) and their mean operative time (±SD) was 61.62 (±24.17) (range 25-150) min. There was no conversion or common bile duct injury. 122 patients were pleased with the day case procedure, 12 were satisfied and two thought that overnightstay could have been better.

Conclusion: Success of day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy is reflected by the annual steadily increasing number of patients from 25 in 1998 to 50 in 2002. Good planning, patient selection, and encouragement of early mobilization make postoperative hospitalization unnecessary in the majority of cases.

Keywords: ambulatory cholecystectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Sudan Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 1(1) 2006: 48-51

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