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Transvaginal/Transumbilical Hybrid-NOTES-Versus 3-Trocar Needlescopic Cholecystectomy: Short-Term Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial.
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PMID:  24108196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE:: For cholecystectomy, both the needlescopic cholecystectomy (NC) 3-trocar technique using 2 to 3 mm trocars and the umbilical-assisted transvaginal cholecystectomy (TVC) technique have found their way into clinical routine. This study compares these 2 techniques in female patients who are in need of an elective cholecystectomy.
BACKGROUND:: Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a surgical concept permitting scarless intra-abdominal operations through natural orifices, such as the vagina. Because of the lack of an adequately powered trial, we designed this first randomized controlled study for the comparison of TVC and NC.
METHODS:: This prospective, randomized, nonblinded, single-center trial evaluates the safety and effectiveness of TVC (intervention), compared with NC (control) in female patients with symptomatic cholecystolithiasis. The primary endpoint was intensity of pain until the morning of postoperative day (POD) 2. Secondary outcomes were among others intra- and postoperative complications, procedural time, amount of analgesics used, pain intensity until POD 10, duration of hospital stay, satisfaction with the aesthetic result, and quality of life on POD 10 as quantified with the Eypasch Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI).
RESULTS:: Between February 2010 and June 2012, 40 patients were randomly assigned to the interventional or control group. All patients completed follow-up. Procedural time, length of postoperative hospital stay, and the rate of intra- and postoperative complications were similar in the 2 groups. However, significant advantages were found for the transvaginal access regarding pain until POD 2, but also until POD 10 (P = 0.043 vs P = 0.010) despite significantly less use of peripheral analgesics (P = 0.019). In the TVC group, patients were significantly more satisfied with the aesthetic result (P < 0.001) and had a significantly better GIQLI (P = 0.028).
CONCLUSIONS:: Although comparable in terms of safety, TVC caused less pain, increased satisfaction with the aesthetic result, and improved postoperative quality of life in the short term.
Dirk Rolf Bulian; Jürgen Knuth; Nicola Cerasani; Axel Sauerwald; Rolf Lefering; Markus Maria Heiss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-10-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1528-1140     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Surg.     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372354     Medline TA:  Ann Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
*Department of Abdominal, Vascular and Transplant Surgery, Cologne-Merheim Medical Center, Witten/Herdecke University, Cologne, Germany †Department for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Holweide Hospital, Cologne, Germany ‡Institute for Research in Operative Medicine, Witten/Herdecke University, Cologne, Germany.
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