Published online May 28, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i20.6073
Revised: January 5, 2014
Accepted: February 17, 2014
Published online: May 28, 2014
Core tip: During the last years, a great effort has been made to research for minimizing surgical trauma and stress. A new technique, known as single-incision laparoscopy (SIL) has been developed in order to reach this goal. In particular, SIL is currently regarded as the next major advance in the progress of minimally invasive surgical approaches to colorectal disease. However, SIL raises a number of specific new challenges compared with the laparoscopic conventional approach. We aimed at illustrating the potential benefits or efficacy as well as feasibility and safety of this procedure in the treatment of colorectal cancer.