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1902 - Georg Kelling, of Dresden, Saxony, performed the first laparoscopic procedure on dogs.

1910 - Hans Christian Jacobaeus of Sweden, reported the first laparoscopic operation on humans. 1980 - Patrick Steptoe from England, started to perform laparoscopic procedures in the operating

room under sterile conditions.

1982 - The first solid state camera was introduced and this was the start of 'video-laparoscopy'. 1987 - Phillipe Mouret performed the first video-laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Lyons, France. 1994 - A robotic arm was designed to hold the laparoscope camera and instruments. 1996 - The first ever live broadcast of laparoscopic surgery via the Internet was performed.

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery (MIS) or keyhole surgery is a modern surgical technique for carrying out operations in the abdomen through cannulae (also known as ports) which are channels into the body through small incisions. Using a video camera the surgeon is able to view the operative field without invasive surgery. The abdomen is usually insufflated with carbon dioxide gas.

By inflating the abdomen, the abdominal wall is elevated above the internal organs to create a working and viewing space for the surgeons.

There are a number of advantages to operating on the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus open surgery. Some of these are:

Less post-operative scarring Reduced pain Shorter recovery time Less time spent in hospital to recover Reduced hemorrhaging Reduced risk of exposing internal organs to external contaminants Quicker return to normal activities Quicker return to work Reduced wound complications

The Rise of Bariatric Surgery

One of the most common types of laparoscopic surgery is bariatric (obesity). Over the last decade there have been more advancements in bariatric surgery than there had been in the previous 50 years, fuelled largely by the growing obesity epidemic which began in the 1970s. The epidemic created the need for effective treatment of severe obesity and its co morbidities leading to the development of procedures such as gastric banding, gastric bypass and duodenal switch over the past decade. More recently, the advent of minimally invasive surgery in the mid-1990s accounted for the second wave of advances.

Before Laparoscopic Surgery

Before laparoscopy was practiced, surgeons operated using open/invasive surgery. This means cutting skin and tissues so that the surgeon has direct access to structures and organs. This involves more direct access than in minimally invasive procedures as the openings are bigger so the internal organs are openly exposed.

Cholecystectomy, Appendectomy & Colectomy Vagotomy Hiatal, Inguinal & Diaphragmatic hernia repair Urological- Nephrectomy, Adrenelectomy & Prostatectomy. OBG-Tubal surgeries,cystectomies,hystrectomies & various ablations (endometriosis) Thoracoscopies Neurosurgeries Lumbar discectomies Diagnostic procedures

Minimal pain & illeus
Improved cosmesis Shorter hospital stay , faster recovery & rapid return to work Non muscle splinting incision & less blood loss Post op respiratory muscle function returns to normal more quickly

Wound complications i.e. infection & dehiscence are less

Lap surgery can be done as day care surgery

Longer duration of surgery

Loss of 3D view, impaired touch sensation

poor dexterity, fulcrum effect, risk of visceral / vsl. Injury (may go unrecognised) Long learning curve for surgeons

Ideal insufflating gas of choice Colorless, non toxic, nonflammable, easily available, inexpensive, inert, readily soluble in blood and easily ventilated out of lungs Why CO2 is the gas of choice for laparoscopy?

Nonflammable & does not support combustion Highly soluble in blood because of rapid buffering in blood so risk of embolisation is small Rapidly diffusible through membranes so easily removed by lungs

CO2 levels in blood & expired air can be easily measured & its elimination is augmented by increasing ventilation

CO2 is readily available & is inexpensive


Oswalds B:G solubility coef.


Supports combustion, Gas embolism





Gas embolism

N 2O


Supports combustion (if mixed with methane from bowel), Bowel distension, PONV, Explosion with cautery Hypercarbia, Pain abdomen ,Shoulder tip pain, Arrythmia, Promotion of port site tumour growth, peritoneal irritant Embolism, diffusible, expensive






Embolism, expensive

Physiologic effects seen with CO2 insufflations are transient and derive from the body's reaction to increases in intra abdominal pressure and CO2 absorption as it tries to achieve a new state of homeostasis. People who are otherwise healthy will tolerate laparoscopy well, while individuals with underlying cardiopulmonary or renal diseases may not tolerate prolonged CO2 insufflations. Additionally, patient positioning, for example steep Trendelenburg in prostatectomy, can exacerbate

cardiovascular alterations in laparoscopy.

Cardiovascular changes vary with intra abdominal pressure, with higher pressures associated with more significant changes than lower pressures. In any other case healthy patients undergoing laparoscopy, the threshold intra abdominal pressure that led to hemodynamic changes was 12 mm Hg. Those with underlying cardiac disease will likely have a lower intra abdominal pressure threshold.

Heart rate may rise transiently in response to increases in SVR and arterial blood pressure level to maintain cardiac output, but most studies have reported no significant long-term changes in heartbeat with laparoscopy. In a tiny subset (0.5%) of otherwise healthy patients, however, bradycardia and asystole can occur during CO2 insufflation and pneumoperitoneum.

CO2 may be the gas of choice for laparoscopic surgeries because it is noncombustible, extremely soluble, and readily eliminated with the lungs. Despite the proven effectiveness and protection of CO2 for insufflation in laparoscopy, the respiratory response to mechanical improves in intra abdominal pressure as well as hypercapnia from absorption should be considered.

With CO2 insufflation and increases in intra abdominal pressure, the dintra abdominal pressurehragm is pushed cephalad into the thoracic cavity, constraining downward dintra abdominal pressurehragmatic excursion with respiration. All round functional respiratory capacity, vital capacity, and pulmonary compliance drop with boosts in intra abdominal pressure, and peak airway and plateau pressures can enhance up to 50% and 81%, respectively.

Mechanistically, as intra abdominal pressure increases, its compressive effects on the renal vasculature, the renal parenchyma, and the IVC will reduce effective renal blood circulation (ERBF), cortical and medullary perfusion, and renal venous outflow.

The renal effects are mild to negligible once the intra abdominal pressure is under 10 mm Hg, but as intra abdominal pressure reaches and exceeds 15 mm Hg, there's a pressure-dependent decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), ERBF, creatinine clearance, sodium excretion, and urinary output. In a typical intra abdominal pressure of 15 mm Hg, urinary output decreases by as much as 63% to 64%, GFR by 21%, and ERBF by 26%. Despite this drop, however, there are no long-term renal squeal, even in patients with pre-existing renal disease, and pneumoperitoneum-induced renal failure does not occur.

Metabolic acidosis from CO2 absorption is the primary derangement with laparoscopy. Systemic CO2 absorption and resultant metabolic consequences differ depending on the patient's underlying respiratory status since the lung eliminates absorbed CO2 buffered by the blood. In otherwise healthy patients, an increase in minute ventilation is enough, but for individuals with COPD, removal of CO2 is less capable, causing them to are afflicted by more major and extended derangements in acid-base balance. As stated earlier, desufflation might be necessary during a long laparoscopic procedure in patients with COPD or interstitial lung condition.

Absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the peritoneal cavity

VA/Q mismatch: Increased physiologic dead space Abdominal Distention Position of the patient (e.g., steep tilt) Controlled mechanical ventilation Reduced cardiac output These mechanisms are accentuated in sick patients
Increased metabolism (e.g., insufficient plane of anesthesia) Depression of ventilation by anesthetics (e.g., spontaneous breathing) Accidental events CO2 emphysema (i.e., subcutaneous or body cavities) Capnothorax CO2 embolism (Selective bronchial intubation)

PAC Done in usual manner with special attention to cardiac & pulmonary system Investigations Complete hemogram RBS Na, K BUN, Creatinine Coagulation profile CXR, ECG BG, CM Special investigations ECHO PFT

NPO Complete bowel preparation Antibiotics as per surgical team Awareness about post op shoulder tip pain Written informed consent for laparotomy

Anxiolytics/antiemetics/H2 receptor antagonist/analgesic

Antisialagogue (glyco-P) and vagolytic may be administered at induction of anaes. DVT prophylaxis (rTn, pelvic Sx, long duration, malignancy, obesity) Clonidine/ dexmetetomidine to decrease stress response

HR NIBP Continous ECG Pulse oximetry Capnography

Airway pressure IAP If required, ABG, precordial doppler,TEE may be instituted.

Cause accidental extraperit insufflation (malpositioned verris needle) deliberate extraperit insufflations- retroperit surg,TEPP,fundoplication, pelvic lymphadenectomy Diagnosis ETCO2 -cannot be corrected by adjusting ventilation even after plateau reached ABG, Palpation Treatment Stop CO2 insufflation, interrupt lap temporarily CMV continued till hypercapnia resolves Resume lap at low insufflation P thereafter

Cause pleuroperitoneal communications (R>L) Diaph defects( aortic, esophageal, GE jn surg) Rupture of preexisting bullae Perf falciform ligament Diagnosis airway P, sudden Sp O2 , sudden / ETco2, Abnormal motion of hemidiaph by laparoscopist
ET CO2 (may fall later) V CO2, PaCO2, Stop N2O 100 % O2 IAP PEEP Thoracocentesis not needed Inform surgeon

ET CO2 (due to CO) Do not apply PEEP Mandatory

Risk factors hysteroscopies, previous abd surg, needle/Trocar in vsl

ConsequencesGAS LOCK in vena cava ,RA VR collapse - Ac RV HTN opens foramen ovale paradoxical gas embolism
Diagnosis HR, BP, CVP, hypoxia, cyanosis, ET CO2 biphasic change, a ETco2 ECG- Rt heart strain, TEE, pulm art. Aspiration of gas/ foamy bld from CVP line Treatment Release source (stop co2 + release pneumoperit) position steep head low + durant position stop N2O + 100%O2 Hyperventilation CVP/PA catheter to aspirate CO2 Cardiac massage may break embolus- rapid absorption Hyperbaric o2 - cerebral embolism

Due to cephalad movement of diaph with head down tilt and IAP Diagnosis - Sp O2 airway P Treatment Repositioning of ETT

Mendelson syndrome At IAP>20 mmHg

Changes in LES due to IAP that maintain transsphincteric P gradient + head down position protect against entry of gastric content in airways

Prevented by avoid overextension of arms padding at P points

Physiological changes = adults Paco2 ETco2 increase but ETco2 overestimates Paco2 Co2 abs more rapid and intense due to larger peritoneal SA / body wt. More chances of trauma to liver during trocar insertion More chances of bradycardia , maintain IAP to as low as possible

Indicationsappendicectomy cholecystectomy
Risk preterm labour, miscarriage, fetal acidosis Timing II trimester (< 23 wk) Lap technique HASSANS tech Special considerations prophylactic- antithrombolytic measures + tocolytics operating time to be minimised IAP as low as possible Continous fetal monitoring (TVS) Lead shield to protect foetus if intraop cholangiography needed



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