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Laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer.

Chand, M; Bhoday, J; Brown, G; Moran, B; Parvaiz, A; (2012) Laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer. J R Soc Med , 105 (10) pp. 429-435. 10.1258/jrsm.2012.120070.

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Abstract

Laparoscopic surgery for colonic cancer is a safe and established alternative to traditional open colectomy. The potential advantages of shorter length of stay, faster recovery and fewer operative complications are well documented. The last 5 years has seen an increase in the number of laparoscopic colorectal operations as more surgeons learn this technique. Short and medium term results have been encouraging with respect to oncological outcomes. However, laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer remains a contentious issue. The increased complexity of operating within the confines of the pelvis and the greater risk of oncological compromise, have led to some surgeons urging caution. We present the challenges associated with laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery and explain that appropriate patient selection, surgical planning and laparoscopic experience are the key to successful outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1258/jrsm.2012.120070
Keywords: Colonic Neoplasms, Humans, Laparoscopy, Length of Stay, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Patient Selection, Pelvis, Postoperative Complications, Rectal Neoplasms
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569819
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