Laparoscopic surgery in a mobile army surgical hospital deployed to the former Yugoslavia

Maj Martin G. Paul, Maj Donald Kim, Maj Barbara L. Tylka, Maj Thomas G. Crabtree, Maj Thomas Drost, LTC Everett W. Newcomb, Col Arthur M. Mc Guire

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The 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital was deployed from a United States military base in Germany to the former Yugoslavia to provide medical support for more than 25,000 United Nations soldiers. This medical unit was the first mobile hospital ever to deploy with a capability for laparoscopic surgery. During a 2-month trial period, seven laparoscopic procedures were performed for various abdominal emergencies. There were no complications, and all patients returned to full duty within 1 week. No equipment problems or other logistical obstacles were identified. This preliminary report suggests that laparoscopic surgery is quite feasible in a forward-deployed field hospital, allowing combat soldiers to return to full duty in a much shorter time than after conventional surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-447
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Emergency
  • Field hospital
  • Laparoscopy
  • Military

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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