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Minerva Chirurgica 2014 December;69(6):379-86

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Minimally invasive surgery in the management of rectal cancer

Poylin V. Y.

Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


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Advances in minimally invasive colon surgery, shown to be safe and effective, facilitated its rapid spread throughout the world. Minimally invasive rectal surgery however, has been much slower to take hold due to technical difficulty and concerns for oncologic outcomes. To date, there has been enough data accumulated to show that its similarly safe in skilled hands and leads to better patient outcomes.

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