Laparoscopic Colectomy in the Obese Patient

  • Arida Siripong
  • H. David VargasEmail author


Laparoscopic colectomy offers patients improved clinical outcomes and reduced morbidity when compared to open colectomy. However, challenges of this technique exist related to patient factors, pathologic factors, and clinical presentation. The obese patient represents one of the most challenging patient-related factors. Generally, as in open surgery, laparoscopic colectomy results in worse outcomes hallmarked by higher complication rates and increased operative times in this specific cohort, as well as the addition of higher conversion rates with a minimally invasive approach. However, when successfully performed, a minimally invasive approach will allow obese patients to benefit in both the perioperative and recovery periods. The following chapter will identify the relevant technical issues and provide specific practical tips for the successful performance of laparoscopic colectomy in the obese patient.


Obese Patient Visceral Adipose Tissue Laparoscopic Colectomy Left Colectomy Hand Port 
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Supplementary material

Video 29.1

Patient positioning (MP4 14050 kb)

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Securing the patient to the table (WMV 36693 kb)

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Dissection of the IMA with an energy device (WMV 141748 kb)

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Uterine sling (WMV 63333 kb)

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Laparoscopic pelvic dissection and colonic J-pouch (WMV 431092 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colon and Rectal SurgeryOchsner ClinicNew OrleansUSA

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