Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is established as the treatment of choice for symptomatic gall stones. Many surgeons considered pregnancy to be a contraindication for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
This study aims at evaluation of the use, benefits and risks of laparoscopic cholecystectomy during pregnancy. The Department of General Surgery in Al-Mouwasat Hospital [250 Beds] in Dammam, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Of the 200 patients or more who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy by the author in this hospital, between March 1993 and February 1995, 5 were pregnant females. Three of them had acute cholecystitis and two had repeated episodes of biliary colic. Intervention:Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed in all five pregnant females during their first or second trimester. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was successful in all of them. No postoperative maternal or fetal complications were encountered. Conclusion:With the development of experience with this procedure, an increasing number of pregnant patients are being operated upon. We conclude that laparoscopic cholecystectomy is applicable and safe during pregnancy
A. S. El Masry ,
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in pregnancy,
Saudi Med. J. 1997;
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