Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery: A Critical Review

  title={Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery: A Critical Review},
  author={Jonathan P. Pearl and Jeffrey L. Ponsky},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) involves the intentional puncture of one of the viscera (e.g., stomach, rectum, vagina, urinary bladder) with an endoscope to access the abdominal cavity and perform an intraabdominal operation. Early laboratory work focused on feasibility studies, including such accomplishments as pure transgastric splenectomy and gastrojejunostomy. Contemporary laboratory work is investigating the infectious and immunologic implications of NOTES and… CONTINUE READING