Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery that started in early 1990’s in Australia. However, it became more popular after 2004 when the result of a large US clinical trial was published demonstrating its advantages and safety in cancer surgery.
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery has the following advantages:
Short Term Advantages
Long Term Advantages
Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Colectomy
This type of minimally invasive surgery was developed in the late 1990s in the USA. Dr Chew developed his own techniques to suit the Australian environment in 2004-2005. The advantages of this minimally invasive surgery technique compared to pure laparoscopic technique are outlined below:
Caption: HALC scar
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery has evolved significantly since the 1990s. In the last few years, we have seen major advances in laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery. They are robotic-assisted rectal cancer surgery and transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME), i.e. laparoscopic surgery to free up the lower part of the rectum via the anus. taTME has been shown to provide a better margin around the cancer, thus reduce the chance of the cancer recurrence.