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Minilaparoscopic Versus Conventional Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Thakur, Varsha MD, MSc, FRCPC*; Schlachta, Christopher M. MD, FRCSC, FACS; Jayaraman, Shiva MD, MESc, FRCSC

doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318207bf52
Original Study

A systematic review and meta-analysis comparing minilaparoscopic versus conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed. Although novel minilaparoscopic techniques may improve patient cosmesis, they may also result in more failures of technique, which requires transition to conventional laparoscopy.

* Faculty of Health Sciences, Health Research Methodology Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Department of Surgery, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Reprints: Shiva Jayaraman, MD, MESc, FRCSC, University of Toronto, 30 The Queensway, Suite 221, Toronto, Canada, M6R 1B5. E-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest or any sources of support to declare.

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