Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) now has become the golden standard in the treatment of symptomatic gallstone cholecystitis.
This retrospective analysis was conducted to clarify the reasons of early return to the hospital after discharge following a procedure like LC that has been frequently performed in daily surgical practice.
This study covers 586 patients, who were called to follow-ups and thus evaluated, of 676 patients who had had LCs at Meram Medical School’s General Surgery Clinic between January 2010 and May 2011.
The rate of representation to the hospital during the early phase following LC was found to be 2.4% in our study. It was observed that 71% of returning patients had presented to the hospital with complaints of abdominal pain.
We believe that the rate of 2.4% early return to the hospital in our series is a bit high when all the complications are taken into consideration. This retrospective analysis, however, has shown that this rate can further be decreased by taking simple measures.
*Department of General Surgery, Konya Research and Training Hospital
†Department of General Surgery, Meram Medical Faculty, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Reprints: Gurcan Simsek, MD, Selcuk mah. Cevreyolu cad. No:28/30, 42100 Selçuklu/Konya, Turkey (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Received September 23, 2014
Accepted March 2, 2015