Transverse Colectomy: Laparoscopic Approach

  • David E. RivadeneiraEmail author
  • Scott R. Steele


Even for the most experienced surgeons, mobilization and resection of the transverse colon along with ligation of the middle colic vessels can be a daunting task. This can be even more unnerving when using a minimally invasive approach. Understanding the tissue planes and having several techniques for managing a large omentum, adherent stomach and potential bleeding will minimize morbidity and maximize outcomes. In this chapter, we will discuss the surgical approach to laparoscopic mobilization and resection of the transverse colon and focus on the appropriate handling of the middle colic vasculature.


Transverse colectomy Laparoscopic approach Colorectal surgery 

Supplementary material

Video 12.1

Middle colic vessel division (MP4 4 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Suffolk County Surgical Strategic InitiativesNorth Shore LIJ Health SystemHuntingtonUSA
  2. 2.Surgical ServicesHuntington HospitalHuntingtonUSA
  3. 3.Colon and Rectal SurgeryHuntington HospitalHuntingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, Colon and Rectal SurgeryMadigan Army Medical CenterFort LewisUSA
  5. 5.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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