Laparoscopic Left Colectomy

  • Tushar Samdani
  • Julio Garcia-AguilarEmail author


Colorectal cancer, the 3rd most common cancer worldwide, is generally treated with surgical resection. The data for the laparoscopic approach to colon resection has revealed several advantages over the open technique including shorter hospital stay, reduced length of postoperative ileus, earlier resumption of oral nutritional intake, reduced surgical pain, and improved cosmesis. Furthermore, there is no difference in oncologic outcomes between open and laparoscopic colectomy. These advantages have led to an increasing use of the laparoscopic technique for colon resection. In this chapter, we discuss the key operative steps necessary to a successful laparoscopic left colectomy, highlighting anatomical and preoperative considerations, key factors of the operative technique, and postoperative management and its complications.


Laparoscopic hemicolectomy Minimally invasive colectomy Colon cancer Inferior mesenteric vein Inferior mesenteric artery 

Supplementary material

Video 19.1

In this video, the surgeon demonstrates his approach to laparoscopic left colectomy. (WMV 45614 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Surgical OncologyMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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