Gynecological cancer and laparoscopic approach: state-of-the-art
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2013;13(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enwattiez009
In this key lecture, Professor Wattiez introduces the history of laparoscopy applied to oncology. The feasibility, accuracy, radicality, and benefits of laparoscopy applied to cancer are addressed. The lack of expansion of laparoscopy used in oncology is explained. Adverse effects and controversies such as port-site metastases as well as their prevention are exposed. Recent data are presented and complications between laparoscopy and laparotomy are outlined, showing no complications related to laparoscopy. Exposure and dissection, which are important steps in order to prevent complications, are explained. To conclude, a take home message emphasizing the importance of training is given.