Pediatric laparoscopic surgery; initial experience from Pakistan; first 100 cases in single center
In a developing country like Pakistan, laparoscopic surgeries are not considered favourable by many, possibly because of high costs or a lack of expertise. It is an established fact that laparoscopic surgery offers better surgical treatments with a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications. The current retrospective study was conducted at a tertiary care hospital in Karachi and comprised of laparoscopy cases performed by a single surgeon from March 2012 to September of 2014. A total of 100laparoscopic surgeries were performed; mostly appendectomies 49(49%) and undescended testes (UDTs) 34(34%). Overall, there were 70(70%) male patients. The mean age of the patients was 7.1 years and standard deviation (SD) of 2. Four (4%) patients had cellulitis. Laparoscopy paediatric surgery offered advantages of fewer wound-associated complications, less incisional pain, a shorter recovery time, and improved cosmesis.