Is there an optimal time for laparoscopic cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis?

D. Soffer, L. H. Blackbourne, C. I. Schulman, M. Goldman, F. Habib, R. Benjamin, M. Lynn, P. P. Lopez, S. M. Cohn, M. G. McKenney

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Background: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is safe in acute cholecystitis, but the exact timing remains ill-defined. This study evaluated the effect of timing of LC in patients with acute cholecystitis. Methods: Prospective data from the hospital registry were reviewed. All patients admitted with acute cholecystitis from June 1994 to January 2004 were included in the cohort. Results: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was attempted in 1,967 patients during the study period; 80% were women, mean patient age was 44 years (range, 20-73 years). Of the 1,967 LC procedures, 1,675 were successful, and 292 were converted to an open procedure (14%). Mean operating time for LC was 1 h 44 min (SD ± 50 min), versus 3 h 5 min (SD ± 79 min) when converted to an open procedure. Average postoperative length of stay was 1.89 days (± 2.47 days) for the laparoscopic group and 4.3 days (± 2.2 days) for the conversion group. No clinically relevant differences regarding conversion rates, operative times, or postoperative length of stay were found between patients who were operated on within 48 h compared to those patients who were operated on post-admission days 3-7. Conclusions: The timing of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients with acute cholecystitis has no clinically relevant effect on conversion rates, operative times, or length of stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-809
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Cholecystectomy
  • Complications
  • Laparoscopic
  • Timing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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