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Revista chilena de cirugía

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CIRIANO H., Patricia et al. Laparoscopic suture facing laparotomy suture in perforated gastroduodenal ulcers. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.3, pp.252-256. ISSN 0718-4026.


Gastroduodenal perforation continues to be a relatively frequent surgical emergency, despite advances in the medical treatment of ulcer disease. Its laparoscopic approach has been increasing in the last years, although it has not been generalized.


Was to analyze the postoperative results in patients with perforated ulcer treated with laparoscopic suture, and to compare them with a similar group with laparotomy suture. Our hypothesis was that laparoscopic suture is a safe option and with less morbidity than the laparotomy approach.

Material and Methods

Comparative retrospective analysis of two patient cohorts: one treated with laparoscopic suture during 2014 and 2015, a period in which this approach was fully implanted in the emergency room in our hospital, and another comparable group treated by suture for open surgery during the period 2001-2003. Complications were analyzed according to Clavien-Dindo classification, conversion rate, mean stay and mortality.


The groups were comparable in age, sex, comorbidities and anesthetic risk. There was a trend towards superiority in favor of the laparoscopic approach in certain variables analyzed, with a conversion rate of 3%. The presence of early postoperative complications was greater in the laparotomy suture group: post-surgical septic shock (15.2% vs 6%) and wound infection (15.2% vs 3%), as well as medical complications, although not significantly. The group with laparoscopic suture had a longer surgical time, lower mean stay and lower mortality.


The laparoscopic suture of the gastroduodenal ulcer in our center has had a very low conversion rate and a somewhat lower morbidity to the laparotomy suture, with a lower rate of reinterventions and a mean stay, despite a longer surgical time.

Keywords : laparoscopy; suture.

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