Trends of Laparoscopic Gastrectomy in Korea
The incidence of early gastric cancer in Korea increased to 47.4% in 2004 and 57.7% in 2009 because of the development of diagnostic tools and increased health screening . Following the successful introduction of laparoscopic gastrectomy for early gastric cancer by Kitano et al. in 1991, laparoscopic gastrectomy has become popular in the field of gastric cancer. The aims of laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancer are to minimize the surgical insult and to maximize the patients’ quality of life while not influencing radicality or survival.
KeywordsGastric Cancer Early Gastric Cancer Laparoscopic Gastrectomy Laparoscopic Total Gastrectomy Open Distal Gastrectomy
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