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Suprapubic single incision laparoscopic left hemicolectomy (SILLH): an alternative to the umbilical access

G Dapri, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS, Hon FPALES, Hon SPCMIN, Hon BSS, Hon CBCD, Hon CBC
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2013;13(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3999

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Background: Single incision laparoscopy (SIL) has been described for colorectal surgery because it mainly provides an improved cosmetic outcome. A suprapubic access can be considered an alternative to the umbilical site for left hemicolectomy (LH) because the scar remains under the bikini line and can be considered cosmetically acceptable. Video: A 61-year-old man was admitted to hospital for adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon; preoperative work-up did not show the presence of secondary lesions. A suprapubic SILLH was proposed to the patient. The technique consisted in performing the procedure through an initial 3.5cm skin incision, localized suprapubically, with the insertion of 3 reusable trocars vertically in a pararectal axis along with DAPRI curved reusable instruments (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tüttlingen, Germany). The vascular plane was firstly controlled by clips and, after mobilization of the entire left colon, the upper rectum was transected and the specimen was removed using the same access; a conventional circular transanal anastomosis was performed. Results: Laparoscopic time was 119 minutes, estimated blood loss was 20cc, and the final scar length measured 4.5cm. Pathology confirmed the presence of a colon adenocarcinoma (pT2N0Mx). Postoperative pain was minimal, allowing the patient to be discharged on postoperative day 4. Conclusions: Suprapubic SILLH offers the option to enlarge the skin incision according to the specimen’s size without any cosmetic damage, because it remains under the bikini line. The dissection plane appears in front of the access and postoperative pain remains minimal.