What is the role of laparoscopy in the treatment of small-bowel obstruction (SBO)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Laparoscopy has been shown to be safe and effective in selected cases of SBO. [6, 7] A review of retrospective clinical trials showed that laparoscopy showed better results in terms of hospital stay and mortality reduction versus open surgery, but prospective, randomized, controlled trials to assess all outcomes are still needed. [29]


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