At the Association of Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) Conference in Cardiff held on 17/18th November the 'Poster Prize' (Ref P57) was awared to the Nottingham training team and colleagues which includes Lapco NTP Trainers, and Lapco NTP Consultant Trainees. The poster was entitled 'Medium Term Results of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery From a National Training Centre' R Maitra, A Acheson, J Smith, C Gornall, J Scholefield, J Williams, Charles Maxwell Armstrong. In summary, this presented as follows:
Aims: Trials have shown laparoscopic colorectal surgery to be safe and effective with no increase in cancer recurrence. We aim to confirm the safety and feasilbility of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in our series.
Methods: All patients between 2003 and 2011 July having laparoscopic colorectal surgery were included in a prospectively maintained database and retrospectively analysed:
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Conclusion: Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is safe and should be offered to patients regardless of age and co-morbidities. The lenght of stay is greater for patients aged over 80 and patients with a high predicted mortality. The learning curve can be overcome in a relatively short period of time.
Key Statement: We present a series of 508 patients undergoing laproscopic colorectal surgery specfically analysing short and medium term outcomes, and outcomes in the subgroups aged over 80 and those with a high predicted mortality score. We demonstrate that laparoscopic colorectal surgery is safe in our hands including the subgroups mentioned.