West Indian Medical Journal
Print version ISSN 0043-3144
CAWICH, SO; MITCHELL, DIG; NEWNHAM, MS and ARTHURS, M. A comparison of open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy done by a surgeon in training. West Indian med. j. [online]. 2006, vol.55, n.2, pp. 103-109. ISSN 0043-3144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0043-31442006000200008.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has virtually replaced conventional open cholecystectomy as the gold standard for symptomatic cholelithiasis. The laparoscopic approach brings numerous advantages at the expense of higher complication rates, especially in training facilities. This comparative 18-month review examines the outcomes of 52 cholecystectomies performed by a single surgical resident at the University Hospital of the West Indies - a teaching hospital in Jamaica. The advantages of laparoscopic cholecystectomy have been demonstrated and it has been found to be safe and effective in this training facility.