J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2015 Jun;78(6):1076-83; discussion 1083-5
From Department of Surgery (T.D.B), Stanford University, Stanford, California; and Division of Trauma and Critical Care (P.J.C., S.L.M., D.R.F., N.K.I., J.J.F.), University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Background: Laparoscopic techniques have evolved, allowing increased capabilities within most subspecialties of general surgery, but have failed to gain traction managing injured patients. We hypothesized that laparoscopy is effective in the diagnosis and treatment of penetrating abdominal injuries.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patients undergoing abdominal exploration following penetrating trauma at our Level 1 trauma center during a 6-year period from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2013. Read More