Laparoscopic Resection of the Rectosigmoid Colon

  • Richard Sim
  • Jeffrey W. Milsom


The worldwide acceptance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy as the gold standard for gallbladder surgery has prompted colorectal surgeons to seek the same potential advantages of laparoscopic techniques applied to the treatment of various colorectal diseases. Laparoscopic colorectal surgery, however, presents greater challenges, especially in the resection of colorectal cancer, which is the leading indication for large bowel resection in the United States.1 It requires operating over multiple quadrants; retracting the small bowel; exposing and dissecting large tissue planes; removing a large, bacteria-laden organ that may contain a malignancy; and performing a bowel anastomosis. This chapter presents a safe and systematic approach for the successful application of laparoscopic techniques in the management of rectosigmoid cancer.


Laparoscopic Resection Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Inferior Mesenteric Vein Hypogastric Nerve Rectal Washout 
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  • Jeffrey W. Milsom

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