Laparoscopic ultraslow anterior resection combined with per anum intersphincteric rectal dissection for lower rectal cancer

Masahiko Watanabe, Tatsuo Teramoto, Hirotoshi Hasegawa, Masaki Kitajima

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Rectal resection with total mesorectal excision is perhaps the most technically challenging of laparoscopic procedures, and the purpose of this study was to show that laparoscopic ultralow anterior resection is feasible for lower rectal cancer. Seven patients with lower rectal cancer were treated in this way with a satisfactory outcome in each case, and on the basis of this limited study, we suggest that extension of laparoscopy to the treatment of very low rectal lesions may be of advantage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S94-S97
JournalDiseases of the colon and rectum
Issue number10 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct 30



  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Low anterior resection
  • Rectal cancer
  • Surgical technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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