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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 14, 2016; 22(2): 704-717
Published online Jan 14, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i2.704
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery: Current status and implementation of the latest technological innovations
Marta Pascual, Silvia Salvans, Miguel Pera
Marta Pascual, Silvia Salvans, Miguel Pera, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Hospital del Mar, Medical Research Institute, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Author contributions: Pascual M and Salvans S performed search, reviewed articles and wrote the manuscript; Pera M reviewed articles and wrote the paper.
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Correspondence to: Miguel Pera, MD, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Hospital del Mar, Medical Research Institute, Passeig Marítim 25-29, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
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Received: May 15, 2015
Peer-review started: May 20, 2015
First decision: September 9, 2015
Revised: October 20, 2015
Accepted: December 12, 2015
Article in press: December 14, 2015
Published online: January 14, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: The introduction of laparoscopy for the treatment of colorectal pathology is associated with the same benefits than other minimally invasive procedures with lesser pain, earlier recovery of bowel transit and shorter hospital stay. Although the use of laparoscopy in colorectal surgery has increased in recent years, several studies have shown that minimally invasive techniques are still underused and there are also substantial differences among centres. Thus, its implementation of the laparoscopic approach requires more efforts in teaching surgeons. We here present a review of recent controversies and the results of latest innovations in the use of laparoscopic surgery for colon and rectal diseases.