Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy: Total laparoscopic approach
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Laparoscopic surgery seems set to make a significant impact on the practice of colorectal surgery. However, to date, the majority of surgeons have used a technique of laparoscopic assistance whereby initial laparoscopic mobilization of the bowel is followed by extracorporeal mesenteric and bowel division and subsequent restoration of bowel continuity. This report describes a technique of totally laparoscopic left-sided colonic resection, transanal specimen delivery, and intracorporeal colorectal anastomosis. The technique employed is described in detail and the indications and controversies surrounding such an approach are discussed.
Key wordsLaparoscopy Colectomy Surgical technique Colon cancer
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