Recovery following laparoscopic cholecystectomy in either a 23 hour or an 8 hour facility

Young, Jeanne and O`Connell, Beverly 2001, Recovery following laparoscopic cholecystectomy in either a 23 hour or an 8 hour facility, Journal of quality in clinical practice, vol. 21, no. 1-2, pp. 2-7.

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Title Recovery following laparoscopic cholecystectomy in either a 23 hour or an 8 hour facility
Author(s) Young, Jeanne
O`Connell, Beverly
Journal name Journal of quality in clinical practice
Volume number 21
Issue number 1-2
Start page 2
End page 7
Publisher Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd
Place of publication Carlton, Vic
Publication date 2001-03
ISSN 1320-5455
Keyword(s) day surgery
laparoscopic cholecystectomy
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Summary Research confirms that laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) results in shorter lengths of hospital stay and earlier return to usual activity than the traditional cholecystectomy procedure. Research in this area, however, focuses more on the medical aspects of patient recovery, but very few studies have evaluated how these patients manage their recovery at home or what types of problems they encounter. A total of 28 LC patients were randomly assigned to two groups: (1) 23 h stay (overnight) in a general surgical ward or (2) day procedure unit (DPU) stay. Data was collected by a self-administered Postoperative Symptoms Diary and telephone interview. Results showed no significant difference between the two groups of patients recovery symptoms scores. Problems with mobility, pain and elimination recorded the highest mean scores for both groups of patients. Overnight patients also experienced problems with tiredness and eating. All DPU patients were able to manage their postoperative symptoms, compared to only 44% of patients who had stayed in overnight. Carer assistance was needed with regard to activities of daily living, child care and reassurance. Results showed that with careful selection of patients, LC cases performed as day procedures did not impact at all on the patients' recovery trajectory.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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