Background: Laparoscopic techniques used to manage asymptomatic splenic artery aneurysms have been reported infrequently. Methods: A laparoscopic splenic artery aneurysm resection was attempted for six consecutive patients. Results: One patient underwent conversion to laparotomy because of a tear in the splenic vein. Among the five successful laparoscopic splenic artery aneurysm resections, the mean estimated blood loss was 37 ± 12.6 ml, the mean operative time was 187.6 ± 79.2 min, and the mean postoperative length of hospital stay was 1.8 ± 1.3 days. The mean time to a clear liquid diet was 5.3 ± 0.5 h, and the mean time to a regular diet was 1 ± 0 day. The mean duration of narcotic analgesic use was 5.4 ± 1.5 days, and the mean time to resumption of regular activities was 12.7 ± 1.6 days. Conclusions: These cases illustrate the benefit of a laparoscopic approach with brief hospitalizations, early resumption of diet and regular activity, and minimal use of postoperative narcotic analgesics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-493
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • Aneurysm
  • Endo-GIA
  • Laparoscopic
  • Resection
  • Splenic artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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