Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery - After ten years and 350 operations

Danny Rosin*, Oded Zmora, Aviad Hoffman, Marat Khaikin, Yaron Munz, Barak Bar Zakai, Yuri Goldes, Esther L. Shabtai, Moshe Shabtai, Amram Ayalon

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Background: Within a decade since laparoscopy was used in cholecystectomy it has become the preferred approach in many abdominal procedures. Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery has not yet been adopted by the majority of surgeons, due to technical complexity and reservation regarding its oncological safety. As data and experience accumulate, this attitude is gradually changing. We present our experience with laparoscopic surgery of the large bowel over the last ten years. Aim: To assess the short and intermediate term results after laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, and to summarize the long term results after curative colectomy for malignancy. Methods: Data regarding all patients undergoing laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery was prospectively entered into a computerized database, including demographics, surgical technique and perioperative course. Follow-up information was gathered at outpatient clinic visits, and using telephone interviews in selected cases. Data analysis was performed using a statistical software package. Results: Over a period of ten years, 350 various laparoscopic colon and rectal procedures were performed, for both benign and malignant conditions. Sixty percent of the operations were for treatment of colorectal cancer. In 14.5% of cases conversion to open laparotomy was required. Post-operative complications included surgical site infection in 17.4%, anastomotic leak in 6.9%, and a mortality rate of 2.8%. Long term follow-up revealed cancer recurrence locally in 2.3% and systemically in 8.2%. Five year survival was 56% after resection of colorectal cancer regardless of the stage, and 63% after resection with curative intent. Conclusions: The laparoscopic approach to large bowel surgery enables short and long term results comparable with those achieved by open technique, regarding perioperative complication rate and long term oncologic outcome. The advantages of laparoscopy, related to reduced abdominal wall trauma, justify the adoption of this technique as a legitimate alternative to the open approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-180
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Colectomy
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Laparoscopy


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