Performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is increasing, and patients age 80 and over comprise an increasingly larger proportion of the LC population. This study documents that the increase is accompanied by safe outcome in this patient population. However, the evidence also suggests that cholelithiasis appears to have been a neglected condition in this age group. The prevalence of nonelective procedures, the conversion rate to an open operation, more intraoperative complications, and the percentage having evidence of common bile duct stone passage all support this assertion. With the technology of LC, we are now appropriately addressing the problem with a treatment that allows less surgical trauma to the patient and shorter recovery time. Same-day LC surgery for the octogenarian appears to be very safe and would justify a decision to perform earlier LC in these patients. Surgery done before the appearance of comorbid conditions that increase the surgical and anesthetic risks may result in improved outcomes for the elderly at lower cost. Even when necessary in the already hospitalized patient, LC can be accomplished with morbidity and mortality comparable to those of elective abdominal procedures in younger populations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Sep 1 1998|
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