Early experience with single-incision laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy in children

Cristen N. Litz, Paul D. Danielson, Nicole M. Chandler

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Purpose: Single-incision laparoscopic surgery for pediatric colorectal disease has been shown to be feasible and safe; however, the literature is scarce regarding the outcomes of single-incision laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy (SIL-TAC) in the pediatric population. The purpose of this pilot study was to review our initial experience and outcomes with SIL-TAC. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of patients who underwent SIL-TAC from 2013 to 2015 was performed. General demographic and outcome data were analyzed. Results: Five patients were included. Indications included ulcerative colitis (n = 4) and colonic dysmotility (n = 1). The median age was 13.5 years (8.5-19.4 years) and the median body mass index (BMI) percentile was 77.4 (2.2-98). The median operative time was 182 minutes (163-244 minutes). One case was converted to an open procedure. The median postoperative self-reported pain score was 2.8 (1.2-4.5). The median time until initiation of a diet was 2 days (1-8 days). The median length of hospital stay was 5 days (3-11 days). There were no 30-day complications. Conclusion: SIL-TAC is feasible and safe in children and offers improved cosmesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-558
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Colorectal
  • Minimally invasive
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Single incision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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