International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 161–167 | Cite as

Comparison of conventional access routes for right hemicolectomy in colon cancer—data from the DGAV StuDoQ registry

  • Christian Jurowich
  • Sven Lichthardt
  • Niels Matthes
  • Caroline Kastner
  • Imme Haubitz
  • Andre Prock
  • Jörg Filser
  • Stefan Löb
  • Christoph-Thomas Germer
  • Armin WiegeringEmail author
Original Article



Access for right hemicolectomy can be gained by median or transverse incision laparotomy. It is not known whether these routes differ with regard to short-term postoperative outcomes.


Patients in the DGAV StuDoQ|ColonCancer registry who underwent open oncological right hemicolectomy by median (n = 2389) or transverse laparotomy (n = 1311) were compared regarding Clavien–Dindo classification (CDC) complications (primary endpoint) as well as specific postoperative complications, operation time, length of stay, and MTL30 status (secondary endpoints).


A total of 3700 StuDoQ registry patients underwent open oncological right hemicolectomy by median (n = 2389) or transverse laparotomy (n = 1311) without additional interventions. The median and transverse access routes did not differ regarding CDC complication rates (CDC > =3a: 13.1% vs. 12.6%; p = 0.90). However, univariate and multivariate analyses showed that operation times (OR 0.71, 95% CI 0.62–0.81; p < 0.001), length of stay (OR 0.69, 95% CI 0.6–079; p < 0.001), and MTL30 (OR 0.7, 95% CI 0.61–0.81, p < 0.001) were significantly reduced in the transverse laparotomy group.


For oncological right hemicolectomy, open transverse upper abdominal laparotomy appears to be superior to median laparotomy in short-term course.


Abdominal laparotomy Complete mesocolic excision Colon cancer Tranverse incision Midline incision Right side hemicolectomie 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Jurowich
    • 1
  • Sven Lichthardt
    • 2
  • Niels Matthes
    • 2
  • Caroline Kastner
    • 2
  • Imme Haubitz
    • 2
  • Andre Prock
    • 1
  • Jörg Filser
    • 1
  • Stefan Löb
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christoph-Thomas Germer
    • 2
    • 3
  • Armin Wiegering
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic SurgeryKreiskliniken Altötting / BurghausenAltöttingGermany
  2. 2.Department of General, Visceral, Transplantation, Vascular and Pediatric SurgeryUniversity Hospital, University of WuerzburgWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Comprehensive Cancer Centre MainfrankenUniversity of Wuerzburg Medical CenterWürzburgGermany
  4. 4.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of WuerzburgWürzburgGermany

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