Comparison of post-operative outcomes in laparoscopic and open right colectomy for colon cancer: A 4-year single centre experience


colon cancer
laparoscopic surgery


Background: Laparoscopic right colectomy (LRHC) is a procedure which has been getting more popular compared to traditional open right colectomy (ORHC) over the last three decades. This study compares the post-operative outcomes in laparoscopic and open right colectomy for colon cancer.

Patients and Methods: This is a retrospective study of right colectomy at a single institution from January 2018 to December 2021. The factors that were studied included postoperative HDU admission, the incidence of post-operative ileus (POI) and the length of hospital stay.

Results: During the study period, 161 patients underwent right hemicolectomy. Sixty-seven (42%) underwent LRHC, 73 (45%) ORHC, and 21 (13%) laparoscopic converted to open procedure. The overall incidence of POI was 56 (35%), 14 (21%) among the LRHC and 28 (38%) among the ORHC group (p=0.024). The length of hospital stay was 7.1 (±4.8) days after the laparoscopic procedure compared to 8.7 (±4.4) in the open group (p=0.048). Forty-two patients out of 161 (26%) needed post-operative HDU admissions; out of these 11 (16%) were in the laparoscopic group and 29 (40%) among the open group (p=0.023).

Conclusion: Post-operative recovery was significantly quicker among the laparoscopic right hemicolectomy group incomparison to the open right hemicolectomy group.


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