Laparoscopic colorectal surgery: summary of the current evidence

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INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic colectomy has not been accepted as quickly as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This is because of its steep learning curve, concerns with oncological outcomes, lack of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and initial reports on port-site recurrence after curative resection. The aim of this review is to summarise current evidence on laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Review of literature following Medline search using key words 'laparoscopic', 'colorectal' and 'surgery'.

CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic colorectal surgery proved to be safe, cost-effective and with improved short-term outcomes. However, further studies are needed to assess the role of laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery and the value of enhanced recovery protocols in patients undergoing laparoscopic colorectal resections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-544
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Colectomy
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Journal Article
  • Review


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