[Current problems in surgical oncology. Part 3. Total mesorectal excision with curative intent. Why are not all patients with rectal cancer treated with minimally invasive procedures (either by laparoscopy or by robotic surgery)?].

@article{Vasilescu2011CurrentPI,
  title={[Current problems in surgical oncology. Part 3. Total mesorectal excision with curative intent. Why are not all patients with rectal cancer treated with minimally invasive procedures (either by laparoscopy or by robotic surgery)?].},
  author={Catalin Vasilescu},
  journal={Chirurgia},
  year={2011},
  volume={106 3},
  pages={
          297-9
        }
}
The main evaluation criterion in rectum cancer surgery is the accuracy of total mesorectal excision (TME). Laparoscopic TME has some advantages (sharp dissection, a better visibility) over open surgery; there are other factors that limited the dissemination of the laparoscopic approach (rigid instruments, with a limited maneuverability). Laparoscopic TME can be beneficial for selected patients. Robotic surgery, with a better view and instrument versatility, may overcome in part the limitations… CONTINUE READING