Length of stay after laparoscopic colonic surgery – an 11-year nationwide Danish survey
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2012
© 2011 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2011 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Volume 14, Issue 9, pages 1118–1120, September 2012
How to Cite
Kehlet, H. and Harling, H. (2012), Length of stay after laparoscopic colonic surgery – an 11-year nationwide Danish survey. Colorectal Disease, 14: 1118–1120. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2011.02922.x
- Issue published online: 22 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 19 DEC 2011 09:37AM EST
- Received 16 September 2011; accepted 25 October 2011; Accepted Article online 19 December 2011
- colonic surgery
Aim The use of laparoscopic colonic surgery in Denmark was analysed with particular reference to the length of stay.
Method Data were obtained from the Danish National Patient Registry to assess duration of hospital stay after laparoscopic colonic surgery in Denmark within the 11-year period from 2000 to 2010.
Results There were 4582 laparoscopic colonic resections performed, reaching about 1000 operations/year in the last 2 years (2009–2010). Length of stay decreased from a median of 7 to 4 days, while mean length of stay only decreased from 9 to 7 days.
Conclusion The use of laparoscopic colonic resection has increased in Denmark over the last 11 years and with a concomitant decrease in postoperative length of stay. However, there is a need for further improvement by combining the laparoscopic technique with fast-track recovery.