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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 235-239

Single-incision laparoscopic resection of small bowel tumours: Making it easier for patient and surgeon

Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Johnathon M Aho
Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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Source of Support: This study was supported in part by the NIH (grant number 1K23 DK093553-01A),, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.158958

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Background: Patients with small bowel tumours frequently require surgical intervention. Minimally invasive techniques require advanced skills and may not be offered to many patients. We present a laparoscopic single-incision technique that is minimally invasive without requiring intracorporeal anastomosis. Materials and Methods: The cases of all patients with laparoscopic small bowel resections performed by one surgeon from 2008 to 2012 were reviewed. A single-port technique was introduced after it became available at our institution in 2009. Before that, conventional laparoscopy (LAP) was performed with extension of the periumbilical incision to allow externalisation of the bowel. Results: Totally, 10 patients were identified who underwent laparoscopic resection of small bowel tumours: 9 in the small bowel and 1 in the terminal ileum near the cecum. Three tumours were resected before 2009 using LAP, and 7 were resected using the single-port technique. Median length of stay was 3 days, median follow-up was 16.5 months, and no patients had a recurrence. Operative time, post-operative complications, hospital length of stay, and narcotic utilisation were similar between the single-port and traditional laparoscopic groups. Conclusion: Laparoscopic removal of small bowel tumours with a small, periumbilical trocar incision is both effective and feasible without advanced technical skill.


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