Laparoscopic colectomy:: Status of the art

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

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.

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