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Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred approach for many procedures because of reduced post-operative pain, better recovery, shorter hospital stay and improved cosmesis. Single incision laparoscopic surgery is one of the many recent variants where either standard ports or a specially designed single multi-channel port is introduced through a single skin incision. While the cosmetic advantage of this is obvious, the evidence base for claims of reduced morbidity and better post-operative recovery is weak. This study aims to compare the effectiveness of single port/incision laparoscopic appendicectomy with standard three-port laparoscopic appendicectomy in adult patients at six weeks post-surgery. We also wish to assess the feasibility of a multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing single port/incision laparoscopic surgery with standard three-port laparoscopic surgery for other surgical techniques.Patients diagnosed with suspected appendicitis and requiring surgical treatment will be randomised to receive either standard three-port or single incision laparoscopic surgery. Data will be collected from clinical notes, operation notes and patient reported questionnaires. The following outcomes will be considered:1. Effectiveness of the surgical procedure in terms of:•patient reported outcomes•clinical outcomes•resource use2. Feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in the emergency surgical setting by quantifying:•patient eligibility•randomisation acceptability•feasibility of blinding participants to the intervention received•completion rates of case report forms and patient reported questionnairesISRCTN66443895 (assigned 10 March 2011, first patient randomised 09 January 2011).

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/1745-6215-13-201

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trials

Publication Date

30/10/2012

Volume

13

Addresses

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN, UK. momin.malik@nhs.net

Keywords

SCARLESS Study Group, Humans, Appendicitis, Laparoscopy, Treatment Outcome, Clinical Protocols, Appendectomy, Feasibility Studies, Research Design, Time Factors, Emergency Service, Hospital, Eligibility Determination, Scotland, Surveys and Questionnaires