Laparoscopic Left Colectomy (Left Hemicolectomy) Questions & Answers

Updated: Apr 13, 2020
  • Author: David B Stewart, Sr, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is the role of laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of diseases of the colon?

What are the indications for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

When is laparoscopic left hemicolectomy contraindicated?

What are the key milestones in laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What is the role of mechanical bowel preparation in laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What is the trocar placement for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

How are complications of laparoscopic left hemicolectomy prevented?

What are the reported outcomes for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

Periprocedural Care

What is included in patient instructions prior to laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What are the elements of informed consent for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What equipment is needed to perform laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What is the role of anesthesia in laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

How is the patient positioned for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

Technique

How is the sigmoid colon mobilized during laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

How is the descending colon mobilized during laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

How is the splenic flexure mobilized during laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

How are endostapling, specimen exteriorization, and construction of anastomosis performed during laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

What is included in postoperative care following laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

Laboratory Medicine

What is included in the preoperative evaluation for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?