Laparoscopy is an underutilized endoscopic procedure in the United States even though it has proven to be an important diagnostic modality. Among factors that may account for the unpopularity of this procedure are lack of experience and proper training in many gastroenterology fellowship programs, a perceived notion that there is a relatively high complication rate, and the preference for radiologic imaging techniques for establishing a diagnosis. We reviewed, over an 11-month period, our experience with laparoscopy in a large teaching center to better assess its safety when performed by trainees. The major and minor complication rates were 0.9% and 2.9%, respectively, with no fatalities. These findings compare favorably with the general experience.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging