Minimally Invasive Techniques for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Michael A. ValenteEmail author
  • Tracy L. Hull


Inflammatory bowel diseases are well suited for minimally invasive surgical approaches. Laparoscopic techniques are varied and differ depending on surgeon experience, severity of disease, and other patient characteristics. Laparoscopic (and now robotic) rectal surgery requires a higher level of experience and skill set over more common procedures. Many studies have proven that minimally invasive techniques for inflammatory bowel diseases can be performed safely and effectively with the same or better short- and long-term outcomes as compared to open surgery. This review highlights laparoscopic techniques used for inflammatory bowel disease of the rectum.


Laparoscopic Minimally invasive surgery Ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease Indeterminate colitis Rectal surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease InstituteCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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