Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy/Left Colectomy

  • Toyooki SonodaEmail author


While laparoscopic sigmoidectomy/left colectomy is a relatively common procedure, it may still present several challenges to the abdominal surgeon. By understanding the anatomy and utilizing a reproducible method composed of specific steps, you can minimize the inherent difficulty and potential pitfalls associated with this procedure. In this chapter, I will describe a technique of minimally invasive sigmoidectomy/left colectomy, highlight potential challenges you may encounter, and outline strategies to deal with them.


Sigmoid Colon Splenic Flexure Inferior Mesenteric Artery Inferior Mesenteric Vein Left Ureter 
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Supplementary material

Video 6.1

Straight laparoscopic left colectomy (MP4 172,686 kb)

Video 6.2

Straight laparoscopic left colectomy for splenic cancer. Video by Sang Lee, MD (MPG 187,084 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, New York Presbyterian HospitalWeill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUSA

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