J Minim Invasive Surg 2017; 20(4): 123-124  https://doi.org/10.7602/jmis.2017.20.4.123
Outcomes of Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery for Colorectal Disease in an Emergency Setting
Yoon Suk Lee
Department of Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, School of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Yoon Suk Lee Department of Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, School of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06591, Korea Tel: +82-2-2258-6095, Fax: +82-2-595-2282, E-mail: yslee@catholic.ac.kr
Published online: December 15, 2017.
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Since first introduction of laparoscopic surgery in the field of colorectal disease,1 laparoscopic surgery has replaced the open surgery in almost every procedure in colorectal disease. Even in colorectal cancer, better short-term outcomes and acceptable oncological outcomes had been established by controlled randomized trials, and considered as an alternative to open surgery for colorectal cancer.2-4 Because of the technical difficulties and steep learning curve, hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) was introduced as the bridge to the laparoscopic surgery in the early period of laparoscopic colorectal surgery. However the role of HALS was diminished along with increased popularity of laparoscopic surgery.

Emergency setting of colorectal disease including obstruction and perforation results in distended, vulnerable, and edematous tissue; it is very challenging to perform laparoscopic surgery. As the authors said in this article, traction or pushing of tissue with carefully adjusted pressure, blunt dissection between inflamed tissues with minimal injury, and digital vascular control, all of which allow complex laparoscopic operations to be performed safely and effectively in emergency situation. So using HALS can be a good surgical option in colorectal emergency, but morbidities and mortalities can be increased in colorectal emergency and several studies reported high morbidities and mortalities in colorectal emergency regardless of the technique used.5,6 So during HALS for colorectal emergency, surgeons should not hesitate to convert to open surgery depending on the patients conditions. Conversion to open surgery does not mean treatment failure but mean changing treatment plan.

Laparoscopic surgery in colorectal emergency had better short-term outcomes compared to open surgery.7 HALS is the one of the approach methods of minimally invasive surgeries; it also has better short-term benefit when compared to conventional open surgery. But there few studies which compare the HALS and open surgery. If the authors conduct next comparative study of the short-term clinical outcomes between HALS and open surgery in colorectal emergency, it will be a very informative study.

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