The aim of this study was to review the progress made in removing the colon with laparoscopic technique.BASIC PROCEDURES:
Literature review and personal experiences.MAIN FINDINGS:
Laparoscopy is a safe and efficacious technique for the removal of segments of the colon for benign indications. Malignant lesions can be removed laparoscopically with satisfactory margins, but long-term efficacy has not been established. Laparoscopic-assisted surgery appears to be associated with improved preservation of bowel and other physiologic function while decreasing narcotic requirements and length of hospital stay.CONCLUSION:
Laparoscopy will likely be the technique of choice for removing segments of the colon in select situations.