Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2010; 23(1): 042-050
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1247857
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Laparoscopy for Benign Colorectal Diseases

Thomas Shin1 , Janice F. Rafferty1
  • 1Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Publication Date:
09 March 2010 (online)


The applicability of laparoscopy to many complex intraabdominal colorectal procedures continues to expand, and has been shown to be feasible and safe in experienced hands. Data are available on the elderly, rectal prolapse, diverticulitis, Hartman's takedown, small bowel obstruction, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Clinically relevant advantages have been clearly demonstrated in selected patient populations. Laparoscopic surgery for benign colorectal disease should be considered in patients suitable for this approach to an abdominal operation.


Janice F RaffertyM.D. 

Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Cincinnati

2123 Auburn Ave., Ste. 524, Cincinnati, OH 45219