Aim of the study
Outpatient left colectomy has been described in several small series or case reports. We conducted a prospective study to determine whether an optimized management approach could allow performance of this procedure in a broader patient population.
Patients and methods
Between December 2014 and December 2015, all eligible patients were prospectively and consecutively included in this study. They all underwent surgery following the same outpatient management protocol. After discharge, patients were followed by home health nurses with surgeon follow-up visits on days 10 and 21 (D10, D21) or earlier, if necessary.
During this period, 56 patients underwent a left colectomy, 47 of whom met the inclusion criteria. Seven patients refused the outpatient care approach, leaving a total of 40 patients included (8 ASA 3 [American Society of Anesthesiologists], 24 ASA 2, 8 ASA 1). All but one of the patients were able to return home the same evening. Bowel motility was restored on D1 for most patients. Two patients had abdominal pain that required a follow-up visit before D10 but their subsequent course was uneventful. No patient was re-hospitalized. An uncomplicated post-operative course was confirmed at follow-up visits on D10 and D21.
Our study confirms that outpatient left colectomy is feasible for most patients, including fragile patients and/or those undergoing more complex procedures. Communication and close coordination by all stakeholders as well AS optimal organization of downstream patient care are essential to guarantee quality and safety.El texto completo de este artículo está disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Left colectomy, Ambulatory surgery, Quality, Safety
Abbreviations : SFAR, HAS