Platforms and Instruments (Principles of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Available Platforms and Instruments)

  • Skandan Shanmugan
  • Bradley J. Champagne


Performing laparoscopic colorectal surgery through a single incision has gained renowned interest in the past decade. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is certainly safe and feasible but can be surgically challenging as this technique is inherently limited by working with multiple instruments through a constrained insertion point. Limitations of single-incision laparoscopy include the loss of triangulation, dexterity, and visualization. Nonetheless, new technologies are necessary and now available to overcome these limitations. This chapter describes the available platforms and instruments in our armamentarium to perform single-incision laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Newer advancements in laparoscopes, access ports, and instruments combined with technical nuances and skills can be used to compensate for the initial limitations of single-incision laparoscopic colorectal surgery.


Laparoscopic Colectomy Access Port Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Wound Protector Vertical Midline Incision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery-ColorectalCase Medical CenterClevelandUSA

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