Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: the Austrian experience.


The number of surgical units performing laparoscopic cholecystectomies (LCH) increased from 24 hospitals (20%) in 1990 to 85 hospitals (70%) in 1991, performing 7351 LCHs. Of those, for 97% the outcome was uneventful, and the conversion rate was 2.1%. 0.8% required secondary laparotomy. Common bile duct damage occurred in 0.5% and overall mortality in 0.1… (More)


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