Nik Colon wrote:nickr wrote:but am concerned with higher recurrence rates at the ports
Can you link where you seen that as what I read that was not the case.
If you have skilled surgeons that should not be an issue. Both are around equal in many areas, and as far as cost about equal also based on time of stay and other factors (equal eachother out). But overall, lap did have slightly better overall statistics. Lap takes longer op time, but overall stay longer for open. Many other factors which I can't remember all, but if I had to choose, I would go with what the specific Dr was better at. Or seek one out which ever you choose. Jmo
Sorry I can't find the link. I read somewhere that earlier cases reported higher rates of recurrence at the port sites, but also read where recurrence rates were comparable to open procedures. If available to the patient it seems to me that the laparoscopic procedure is much more beneficial, especially for someone approaching 80. Thank you for your advice.