August 1st 2000
Laparoscopic procedures have become standard surgical techniques for several benign abdominal diseases. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, appendectomy, Nissen fundoplication, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, and palliative intestinal bypass procedures are widely accepted as standards of care. It was believed that the success of these laparoscopic procedures would soon transform colorectal surgery for neoplastic diseases. This enthusiasm is evident in many early publications cited in the article by Drs. Wexner and Hwang. The article offers a balanced and thorough review of laparoscopy in the management of colorectal neoplasms and emphasizes the significant controversy surrounding this topic.