Stephen Chang Kin Yong1 and Jeremy Lee Kay Hock2*
1Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2Department of Medicine and Health, University College of Cork, Ireland
Introduction: Single-incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (SILC) is a relatively new procedure in the management of gall bladder disease, compared to Conventional Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (CLC). We aim to assess the awareness of SILC and its benefits, amongst patients who had undergone cholecystectomy.Materials and
Methods: We surveyed 54 patients who had undergone cholecystectomy through phone interviews (SILC=44/CLC=10).Results: 70% of the patients surveyed were unaware of SILC prior to their operation. Of the remaining patients who were aware of SILC prior to their operation, 24% attained SILC information by word of mouth, 4% from online sources and 2% from newspapers 83% of the patients believe that SILC is a less painful procedure as compared to CLC. 98% of the patients think that SILC is more beneficial cosmetically 50% of the patients expect that SILC would cost at least $4000 more than CLC 44% of the patients thought that SILC has been present in Singapore for at least 1-3 years. 100% of the patients would recommend SILC to other patients.Conclusion: The majority of surveyed patients were unaware of SILC prior to their operation. However, they believed that SILC is more beneficial cosmetically and with reduced post-operative pain as compared to CLC. All of them would recommend SILC to other patients.
Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Gall bladder; Awareness of patients
Yong SCK, Hock JLK. Survey on Patients� Awareness of the Single Port Laparoscopy for Cholecystectomy. Clin Surg. 2017; 2: 1828.