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J Minim Access Surg. 2006 Dec;2(4):205-10. doi: 10.4103/0972-9941.28181.

Laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancers: Current status.

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  • 1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India.

Abstract

Laparoscopy was introduced more than 15 years ago into clinical practice. However, its role in colorectal surgery was not well established for want of better skills and technology. This coupled with high incidences of port site recurrences, prevented laparoscopic surgery from being incorporated into mainstream colorectal cancer surgery. A recent increase in the number of reports, retrospective analyses, randomized trials and multicentric trials has now provided sufficient data to support the role of laparoscopy in colorectal cancer surgery. We, thus, present a review of the published data on the feasibility, safety, short - and long-term outcomes following laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancers. While the data available strongly favors the use of laparoscopic surgery in colonic cancer, larger well powered studies are required to prove or disprove its role in rectal cancer.

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Colorectal cancer; colorectal surgery; laparoscopic surgery

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