Identifying specific surgical tools and methods for laparoscopic colorectal operations in obese patients

J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Dec;16(12):2304-11. doi: 10.1007/s11605-012-1937-z. Epub 2012 Jul 14.

Abstract

Objective: Laparoscopic operations for obese patients remain challenging due to technical difficulties at operation as well as higher comorbidities and high risk of postoperative complications. The aim of this study is to identify specific surgical tools and methods for laparoscopic colorectal operations for obese patients, applying knowledge of previous literature as well as our expertise in both laparoscopic and bariatric operations.

Conclusions: Current knowledge of bariatric surgery is invaluable in establishing a "customized" approach for laparoscopic colorectal operations in obese patients. The instruments routinely used during surgery on patients with normal body mass index (BMI) should often be modified and substituted according to the patient's BMI. We believe such an approach will prove beneficial to surgeons performing laparoscopic operations on obese patients.

MeSH terms

  • Colonic Diseases / complications
  • Colonic Diseases / surgery*
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / instrumentation
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopes*
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Obesity, Morbid* / complications
  • Rectal Diseases / complications
  • Rectal Diseases / surgery*