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Maintaining a minimally invasive surgical service during a pandemic

Sivaraj, Jayaram; Loukogeorgakis, Stavros; Costigan, Fiona; Giuliani, Stefano; Mullassery, Dhanya; Blackburn, Simon; Curry, Joe; ... De Coppi, Paolo; + view all (2022) Maintaining a minimally invasive surgical service during a pandemic. Pediatric Surgery International , 38 pp. 769-775. 10.1007/s00383-022-05107-0. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The safety of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) was questioned in the COVID-19 pandemic due to concern regarding disease spread. We continued MIS during the pandemic with appropriate protective measures. This study aims to assess the safety of MIS compared to Open Surgery (OS) in this setting. METHODS: Operations performed during 2020 lockdown were compared with operations from the same time-period in 2019 and 2021. Outcomes reviewed included all complications, respiratory complications, length of stay (LOS) and operating surgeon COVID-19 infections (OSI). RESULTS: In 2020, MIS comprised 52% of procedures. 29% of MIS 2020 had complications (2019: 24%, 2021: 15%; p = 0.08) vs 47% in OS 2020 (p = 0.04 vs MIS). 8.5% of MIS 2020 had respiratory complications (2019: 7.7%, 2021: 6.9%; p = 0.9) vs 10.5% in OS 2020 (p = 0.8 vs MIS). Median LOS[IQR] for MIS 2020 was 2.5[6] days vs 5[23] days in OS 2020 (p = 0.06). In 2020, 2 patients (1.2%) were COVID-19 positive (MIS: 1, OS: 1) and there were no OSI. CONCLUSION: Despite extensive use of MIS during the pandemic, there was no associated increase in respiratory or other complications, and no OSI. Our study suggests that, with appropriate protective measures, MIS can be performed safely despite high levels of COVID-19 in the population.

Type: Article
Title: Maintaining a minimally invasive surgical service during a pandemic
Location: Germany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-022-05107-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00383-022-05107-0
Language: English
Additional information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Minimally invasive surgery; Laparoscopy; COVID-19; Safety; Pandemic
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Developmental Biology and Cancer Dept
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10146635
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