Surgical glove perforation during laparoscopic colorectal procedures

Shinsei Matsuoka, Takayuki Kondo, Ryo Seishima, Koji Okabayashi, Masashi Tsuruta, Kohei Shigeta, Takashi Ishida, Hirotoshi Hasegawa, Yuko Kitagawa

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Background: It has been reported that in conventional open surgery, approximately 10% of surgical gloves are perforated during surgery without being noticed. To protect both the patient and medical staff from harm, double gloving or changing gloves routinely at certain intervals during surgery is recommended. However, whether these protective measures are also necessary for laparoscopic colorectal surgery is unknown because the actual perforation rate during laparoscopic procedures is unclear. Methods: Seventy-seven laparoscopic colorectal surgeries were evaluated, and a total of 616 surgical gloves used in the surgeries were collected for analysis. The presence of glove perforation was tested by the standard water-leak test method (EN455-1). Results: Seven perforations were detected (1.1%). The duration of the laparoscopic procedure was not a statistically significant risk factor for glove perforation (p = 0.41). Postoperative surgical site infections (SSIs) were observed in 12 cases (15.6%), but there was no significant correlation between the presence of glove perforation and SSI (p = 0.92). According to the bacterial cultivation results, the majority of causative agents of SSI were enterobacteria, which belong to the major gut flora. Conclusion: Although the perforation rate was considerably lower than that in open surgery, surgical glove perforation occurred during laparoscopic procedures. Double gloving in laparoscopic colorectal surgery is recommended not to prevent SSI but to protect medical workers from harmful infections after direct contact with the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3489-3494
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May


  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Surgical glove perforation
  • Surgical site infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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