Tips and tricks for rectal dissection during laparoscopic ultra-low anterior resection
The introduction of total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal cancer was popularised and promoted by Heald from 1979 onwards. He described dissection in the “holy plane” maintaining the integrity of the mesorectal fascial envelope. Since then, there has been a dramatic fall in the rate of local recurrence and an increase in 5-year survival following surgery for rectal cancer [1, 2].
Laparoscopic ultra-low anterior resection (LULAR) for rectal cancer currently remains controversial. Although long term follow-up results are pending, several major trials have failed to show short-term non-inferiority when compared to open resection [3, 4]. LULAR is, however, widely practiced and this is likely to continue into the future, especially due to the ongoing drive towards minimally invasive surgery and the recent ROLARR trial failing to confer a significant benefit of robotic TME over laparoscopic TME .
We describe our technique for LULAR in detail and provide a video...
KeywordsLaparoscopic surgery Rectal cancer Total mesorectal excision (TME) Anterior resection Ultra-low
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any research on human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. It describes modification of a technique of an established surgical procedure.
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Figure 3: Video of laparoscopic ultra-low anterior resection. (MP4 280451 KB)
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