Laparoscopic and Robot Assisted Gastrectomy

  • Seong-Ho Kong
  • Hyuk-Joon Lee
  • Han-Kwang YangEmail author


The advantages of minimally invasive approaches would be less postoperative pain, better cosmesis, less inflammatory reaction, rapid recovery of bowel function, well-preserved immune function, short hospital stay, and a rapid return to normal social activity. After the initial introduction of laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric cancer by Kitano and colleagues in 1993 [1], it has rapidly spread out, and now it is considered as one of the standard minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of gastric cancer especially for early stage. For example, in Korea, the number of laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancer increased from 740 in 2004 to 3783 in 2009 respectively, which accounts for 6.6 and 25.8% of all gastric cancer surgeries in each year [2]. Now most of early gastric cancer is done by laparoscopic procedure. Over the last two decades, important clinical evidences for laparoscopic gastrectomy came mainly from Korea to Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgerySeoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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