To the Editor: Steiner et al., in their report on operative mortality among patients undergoing cholecystectomy (Feb. 10 issue),1 blame the absence of a significant reduction in total mortality after the adoption of the laparoscopic technique on the increase in the overall rate of the procedure. I believe that this deduction is not correct. Let us imagine that the laparoscopic technique was available and was as widely used in 1985 as it was in 1992, that the number of patients who underwent the procedure in 1985 was unchanged (7215), and that the rates of laparoscopic and open cholecystectomy in 1985.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||New England Journal of Medicine|
|State||Published - Jul 7 1994|
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