Laparoscopic total mesorectal excision with autonomic nerve preservation.

Abstract

Laparoscopy has greatly influenced abdominal surgery. We hypothesize that the benefits of minimally invasive surgery are applicable to rectal cancer. A cadaver model of laparoscopic rectal resection with total mesorectal excision (TME) and autonomic nerve preservation was utilized to explore this hypothesis. The principles of TME were followed, including… (More)

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