Hand-assisted laparoscopic versus open restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch anal anastomosis: a randomized trial. Ann Surg 2004; 240: 984-992.

Published: 1st January 2004

Authors: Maartense S, Dunker MS, Slors JF, Cuesta MA, Gouma DJ, van Deventer SJ et al. et al.


There were no differences in clinical outcomes or quality of life up to three months in this trial that included 60 patients. Complication rates were 20 per cent after open and 17 per cent after the laparoscopic procedure. The laparoscopic technique took longer and was more expensive.

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