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Laparoscopic Technique for Right Colectomy

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Laparoscopic colectomy has become an accepted approach to colon resection. Compared with open colectomy, the laparoscopic technique is associated with equivalent long-term survival but shorter hospital stays, reduced analgesic requirements, improved cosmesis, and earlier resumption of a normal diet. Notably, right hemicolectomy is an appropriate procedure to perform laparoscopically because it lends itself to a standardized, reproducible technique. In this chapter, we discuss our approach to laparoscopic right colectomy, clearly outlining each step and the necessary considerations.


  • Colon cancer
  • Laparoscopic colectomy
  • Technique

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In this video, the surgeon demonstrates his approach to laparoscopic right colectomy. (MP4 69808 kb)

Key Operative Steps

Key Operative Steps

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    The patient is positioned and ports are placed.

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    The patient is rotated to left side down and placed in Trendelenburg position.

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    The omentum is placed over the transverse colon into the upper abdomen and the small bowel is moved to the left side to give adequate operative space.

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    Dissection and division of the ileocolic pedicle, protecting the ureter and duodenum.

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    Perform a medial-to-lateral dissection of the colonic mesentery.

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    Mobilize the hepatic flexure.

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    Mobilize the terminal ileum off the retroperitoneum.

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    Confirm full mobilization of the right colon to the midline.

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    Divide the right branch of the middle colic artery before the specimen is exteriorized.

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    Extension of the umbilical incision, placement of a wound retractor, and exteriorization of the specimen.

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    Extracorporeal resection and anastomosis.

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Delaney, C.P., Ponsky, J.L., Russ, A. (2015). Laparoscopic Technique for Right Colectomy. In: Kim, J., Garcia-Aguilar, J. (eds) Surgery for Cancers of the Gastrointestinal Tract. Springer, New York, NY.

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