Day case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy


  • Munir Ahmad Rathore
  • Muhammad Mansha
  • Brown M G



Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic. Cholecystectomy. Cholelithiasis. Cholecystitis. Ambulatory Surgical Procedures. Gallstones. Gallbladder Diseases. Cholangiography. Prospective Studies


Background: Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy (DC-LC) is being practised in the USA and at sporadic centres in the UK including our department. The aim was to evaluate the initial experience of DC-LC at the unit. Patients & methods: Prospectively collected data was analysed retrospectively. The case notes of all patients were retrieved from the medical records and reviewed individually. Standard laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed. All patients had anti-DVT prophylaxis (pneumatic compression and enoxaparin), per-operative antibiotic, oro-gastric tube, paracetamol suppository and local anaesthetic to all wounds. They were discharged the same day. The end point was 6-week follow-up (86% overall). Results: Over a 32-month period, 164 consecutive patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis and ASA score of III or less were included. M:F was 1:5 and median age 43y. There were two conversions. The direct admission rate (DAR) was 26/164 (14%). The indication for direct admission included observation alone (7/26), wound pain (6/26), nausea (3/26), suction drain (2/26) and operation in the afternoon (2/26). Six (3.6%) required re-admission. One had a cystic artery pseudo-aneurysm presenting with colonic bleeding and anot her with an injury to CBD. One had post-op mild pancreatitis and three had wound pain and bruising. Conclusion DC-LC is safe and feasible in non-acute patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis



How to Cite

Rathore, M. A., Mansha, M., & M G, B. (2016). Day case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Annals of King Edward Medical University, 12(2).