Peritoneal changes due to laparoscopic surgery

W.J.A. Brokelman*, M. Lensvelt, I.H.M. Borel Rinkes, J.H.G. Klinkenbijl, M.M.P.J. Reijnen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Laparoscopic surgery has been incorporated into common surgical practice. The peritoneum is an organ with various biologic functions that may be affected in different ways by laparoscopic and open techniques. Clinically, these alterations may be important in issues such as peritoneal metastasis and adhesion formation.

Methods: A literature search using the Pubmed and Cochrane databases identified articles focusing on the key issues of laparoscopy, peritoneum, inflammation, morphology, immunology, and fibrinolysis.

Results: Laparoscopic surgery induces alterations in the peritoneal integrity and causes local acidosis, probably due to peritoneal hypoxia. The local immune system and inflammation are modulated by a pneumoperitoneum. Additionally, the peritoneal plasmin system is inhibited, leading to peritoneal hypofibrinolysis.

Conclusion: Similar to open surgery, laparoscopic surgery affects both the integrity and biology of the peritoneum. These observations may have implications for various clinical conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Fibrinolysis
  • Growth factors
  • Immune system
  • Inflammation
  • Laparoscopy
  • Mesothelial cells
  • Peritoneum
  • Plasmin


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