Single port cholecystectomy: impact of instrumentation in getting the critical view of safety
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2009;09(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2802
Single port access surgery may be the next generation of minimally invasive surgery thanks to the obvious advantages (e.g., scarless surgery, lesser pain, and faster postoperative recovery). Performing a cholecystectomy via a single trocar imposes a few technical constraints. The first is the necessity of correctly exposing the gallbladder, the second is to find the instrumentation that allows to perform the different dissection stages, ligature of the cystic duct and artery, but also to obtain an acceptable visualization of the Calot’s triangle. Various methods are proposed at the moment, along with different instruments: rigid, articulated, curved ones. In this video, we present two cholecystectomies, one is performed with conventional laparoscopic instruments, the other with curved instruments especially adapted for a unique trocar.