The role of minimal access surgery in the acute abdomen

Memon, Muhammed Ashraf and Fitztgibbons, Robert J. (1997) The role of minimal access surgery in the acute abdomen. Surgical Clinics of North America, 77 6: 1333-+. doi:10.1016/S0039-6109(05)70621-6

Author Memon, Muhammed Ashraf
Fitztgibbons, Robert J.
Title The role of minimal access surgery in the acute abdomen
Journal name Surgical Clinics of North America   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-6109
Publication date 1997-12
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/S0039-6109(05)70621-6
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 77
Issue 6
Start page 1333
End page +
Total pages 22
Place of publication Maryland Heights, United States
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Diagnostic laparoscopy (DL) or peritoneoscopy (DP) is defined as a technique of examining the peritoneal cavity with a telescope introduced through the anterior abdominal wall. Kelling,49 in 1902, performed the first direct visualization of the peritoneal cavity in a dog after insufflating air into the abdominal cavity. Jacobaeus45 is credited as the first physician to perform this examination in humans. However, it was Kalk and Bruhl47 in 1928 who popularized it and are credited as the first to publish a large-scale series. Until the late 1980s, DL was a procedure used almost exclusively by gynecologists, with the exception of a few centers with an interest in defining the usefulness of laparoscopy for general surgical conditions.3, 6, 14, 15, 19, 26, 37, 54, 67 and 98 Indeed, until recently most of the advancements in laparoscopy have come because of the imaginative thinking of gynecologists.85 The universal acceptance of laparoscopy by the general surgical community which has occurred over the last 10 years was brought about by four events: (1) the introduction of compact, high-definition, solid-state video systems that allowed a team approach, (2) the enormous success of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, (3) the enthusiasm for this new (keyhole) technology by patients and the lay press, and (4) aggressive marketing by the instrument manufacturers. The cumulative effect of these events was the massive expansion of minimal access surgery (MAS) for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for abdominal conditions.17, 29, 36, 51 and 62 The purpose of this article is to discuss the role of MAS in the diagnosis and treatment of various intra-abdominal conditions that result in the signs and symptoms of the “acute abdomen.”
Keyword Prospective randomized trial
Perforated peptic-ulcer
Diagnostic peritoneal-lavage
Blunt abdominal-trauma
Laparoscopic appendectomy
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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