Laparoscopic SurgeryBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.137a (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:137
- John A Rennie
Ed J G Hunter Bailliere Tindall, pounds sterling 27.50, pp 992 ISBN 0-7020-1747-7
Keyhole surgery offers advantages to the patient, challenges to the surgeon, and commercial potential to the instrument makers, but few of the keyhole procedures are likely to become established in the jobbing surgeon's range. Apart from laparoscopic cholecystectomy, most other keyhole procedures will probably be performed in specialist centres by enthusiasts.
What has happened to dampen the initial enthusiasm? Several factors have emerged -including the funding of equipment and disposables, the extra time required to complete operations, the complications of the procedure, and pressure from the management.
Laparoscopic Surgery, a symposium of …