Hand-assisted vs. laparoscopic colectomy: when and how?
Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2012;12(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03enwhelan003
Laparoscopic colectomy has significant patient benefits but is technically challenging. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) allows for tactile feedback because the surgeon's hand assists in retraction and dissection. This may decrease the technical difficulty. In this lecture, Dr. Whelan presents the different aspects of the two procedures.