Background: The aim of this paper is to present our brief experience on laparoscopic hydatid cyst surgery; we estimated the reproducibility of used techniques in conventional surgery with this relatively recent and attractive method. Methods: Fifteen cysts in 12 selected hydatid disease patients were treated laparoscopically. Cystotomy, partial cystectomy and drainage were performed in 9 patients. Omentoplasty was added to the procedure in the remaining 3 cases. Results: The mean postoperative hospital stay was 4.9 days. There was no mortality, and 1 patient developed bile leakage. Mean follow-up is 18 months. No recurrence was observed during this period. Conclusion: We suggest that laparoscopic treatment of hydatid disease is feasible in selected patients respecting the principles of open surgery and seems beneficial concerning postoperative comfort, hospital stay and return to daily activities.

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