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Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

  • Tonia Young-Fadok
Chapter

Abstract

Since the first edition of this textbook, advances in laparoscopic colorectal surgery have been made in the arenas of education, research, and practice. In education, the vast majority of, if not all, trainees now finishing colorectal surgery fellowships have learned laparoscopic techniques. All laparoscopic colorectal procedures continue to be considered advanced procedures and are considered as such in this chapter. In the research arena, a multicenter randomized controlled trial is in progress evaluating the safety and other outcomes of laparoscopic resection of rectal cancer. In clinical practice, single-incision laparoscopic surgery has sparked interest in making these procedures even less invasive, and there is at least intellectual and experimental interest in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) even though this approach has not yet made its way into practice. This chapter will review these issues and provide an assessment of the use of laparoscopic techniques for the common disease processes seen by colorectal surgeons.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tonia Young-Fadok
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  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryMayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic ScottsdalePhoenixUSA

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