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Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with complete mesocolic excision for advanced ascending colon cancer

JL Ng, MD SAE Yeo, MBBS, MMed (Surg), FRCS (Ed)
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2017;17(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5079

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Complete mesocolic excision (CME) with central vascular ligation (CVL) is a potentially superior oncological technique in colon cancer surgery. The tenets of high vascular ligation at the origin and mesocolic dissection facilitate a greater lymph node yield. We present the case of a 70-year-old lady with chronic right iliac fossa discomfort. Computer tomographic scans showed a bulky ascending colon cancer with a 2.6cm right mesocolic lymph node. She underwent laparoscopic CME right hemicolectomy with CVL. Three operative trocars were used (a 12mm trocar in the left iliac fossa, 5mm ports in the left flank and right iliac fossa). Dissection begins in an inferior to superior approach, starting with mobilization of the ileocolic mesentery off the right common iliac vessels, then progressing to separate the mesentery off the duodenum and Gerota's fascia, exposing the head of the pancreas and the duodenal loop. CVL begins with the identification of the superior mesenteric vein (SMV). The vascular structures are isolated individually and ligated high at the level of the SMV, removing the metastatic right mesocolic node ‘en bloc’. Following proximal and distal transections, an intracorporeal ileo-transverse anastomosis is performed. Histology findings demonstrate the presence of a pT4a N2a M0 mucinous adenocarcinoma with 5 out of 17 lymph nodes (including the large mesocolic lymph node) positive for metastasis.