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Post-cholecystectomy symptoms after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

By M. A. Qureshi, P. E. Burke, N. M. Brindley, A. L. Leahy, D. H. Osborne, P. J. Broe, D. J. Bouchier-Hayes and P. A. Grace


Abdominal symptoms persist in up to 40% of patients after laparotomy cholecystectomy and biliary lithotripsy. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is now the treatment of choice for symptomatic gallstone disease. However, no data exist as to the influence of laparoscopic cholecystectomy on symptoms. We analysed 100 patients who had undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy at a median of 12 months (range 10-19 months) previously. Pre- and postoperative symptoms were compared and patient satisfaction was graded from 1 (best) to 5 (worst). Time to resumption of full activity (mean +/- SD) was recorded. All patients had more than two symptoms preoperatively. Postoperatively, 61 patients had complete absence of symptoms, 14 patients complained of only one symptom during the postoperative period and 25 patients continued to have at least two symptoms. The mean time taken to return to full activity was 2.4 +/- 1.7 weeks. In patients without any symptoms postoperatively, time taken to return to full activity was 2.3 +/- 1.5 weeks, 2.7 +/- 1.4 weeks for patients with one symptom postoperatively, while patients with two or more symptoms returned to full activity in 2.3 +/- 1.3 weeks and 2.6 +/- 1.7 weeks, respectively. Notwithstanding that 25% of patients reported two or more symptoms postoperatively, most patients (n = 84) considered the procedure to be a complete success. A further 10 patients had significant improvement after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Five patients considered themselves only slightly improved, while a single patient was no better off postoperatively. These data indicate that after laparoscopic cholecystectomy most patients return to full activity within 3 weeks.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS

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