Long-term Patient-reported Outcomes After Laparoscopic Fenestration of Symptomatic Liver Cysts
Laparoscopic fenestration is the treatment of choice for symptomatic liver cysts. Despite the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, there is limited data on long-term outcomes after laparoscopic fenestration, in terms of symptom recurrence and quality of life. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction following this procedure.Methods:
All patients who underwent laparoscopic liver cyst fenestration in a single center between 2001 and 2012 were identified from a prospectively maintained database. Long-term patient-reported outcomes including symptom relief and quality of life were prospectively evaluated by a structured telephone interview.Results:
A total of 98 patients underwent laparoscopic liver cyst fenestration. The median follow-up was 62 months (range, 22 to 173 mo). Follow-up data was available in 48 patients. Four patients developed radiologically confirmed evidence of recurrence with 3 undergoing further surgery. No mortality was reported in the series. Four complications occurred and the median postoperative length of hospital stay was 2 days (range, 1 to 7 d). Thirty-nine patients received immediate symptomatic relief with 98% reporting long-term satisfaction.Results:
Laparoscopic liver cyst fenestration is associated with low morbidity and long-term alleviation of symptoms. This should be considered the treatment modality of choice in managing patients with nonparasitic cysts.