Minimally Invasive Low Anterior Resection

  • Matthew AlbertEmail author
  • Marc Dakermandji


Laparoscopic low anterior resection (LAR) for rectal cancer remains one of the most challenging colorectal operations. Its aim is proper oncologic resection with total mesorectal excision (TME) while striving to minimize the morbidity associated with a low pelvic anastomosis. Additionally, it combines the necessary challenge of splenic flexure mobilization prior to deep pelvic dissection to achieve a well-perfused, tension-free colorectal anastomosis. Thus, a systematic approach to managing the colonic mesentery of the left upper quadrant and the embryologic planes of the pelvis for TME is critical for a proper anatomic dissection and successful outcome. In this chapter, we describe our approach to LAR with a minimally invasive approach.


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Supplementary material

Video 22.1

Video demonstrating a laparoscopic Laparoscopic low anterior resection (LAR) medial-to-lateral dissection pneumoperitoneum splenic flexure mobilization and low anterior resection (MP4 137736 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryCenter for Colon & Rectal Surgery, Florida HospitalOrlandoUSA

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