Advantages of minimal incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Nasser Sakran, David Goitein, Asnat Raziel, Dan Hershko, Amir Szold

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Background: Modifications to conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy (CLC) are aimed at decreasing abdominal wall trauma and improving cosmetic outcome. Although single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) provides excellent cosmetic results, the procedure is technically challenging and expensive compared to the conventional laparoscopic approach. Objectives: To describe a novel, hybrid technique combining SILS and conventional laparoscopy using minimal abdominal wall incisions. Methods: Fifty patients diagnosed with symptomatic cholelithiasis were operated using two reusable 5 mm trocars inserted through a single 15 mm umbilical incision and a single 2-3 mm epigastric port. This technique was dubbed "minimal incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy" (MILC). Results: MILC was completed in 49 patients (98%). In five patients an additional 3 mm trocar was used and in 2 patients the epigastric trocar was switched to a 5 mm trocar. The procedure was converted to CLC in one patient. Mean operative time was 29 minutes (range 18-60) and the average postoperative hospital stay was 22 hours (range 6-50). There were no postoperative complications and the cosmetic results were rated excellent by the patients. Conclusions: MILC is an intuitive, easy-to-learn and reproducible technique and requires small changes from CLC. As such, MILC may be an attractive alternative, avoiding the cost and complexity drawbacks associated with SILS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholecystectomy
  • Gallbladder
  • Minimal incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (MILC)
  • Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)


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