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Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 Oct;104(10):2384-6. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2009.150.

NOTES and other emerging trends in gastrointestinal endoscopy and surgery: the change that we need and the change that is real.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University Medical Center, Alway Building, Room M211, 300 Pasteur Drive, MC 5187, Stanford, California 94305, USA. pasricha@stanford.edu


In this inaugural year of a historic presidency, gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons may well want to turn their attention to more immediate transformative events that have the potential to revolutionize their own practice in the near future. The most visible and, perhaps, controversial of these is natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), but other equally important changes are emerging as investigators around the globe vie with one another in the demonstration of increasingly audacious procedures. As is to be expected, we are also already seeing a backlash from more conservative scholars attempting to temper what they believe to be the surgical equivalent of irrational exuberance. However, by far the most common attitude among gastroenterologists toward these changes is one of indifference. In this piece, we discuss the circumstances that led to the development of NOTES and other innovative procedures, the peril that lies in ignoring them, and the true promise that they hold for our specialties.

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