Laparoscopic left complete mesocolic excision for stented descending colon cancer
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2017;17(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4961
Complete mesocolic excision (CME) with central vessel ligation (CVL) was first introduced with the aim to preserve an intact layer of mesocolon, containing all blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, and surrounding soft tissue during colorectal cancer resection. The supplying vessels are also transected at their origin for optimal oncological outcomes. This method has been extensively studied in right colonic cancers with improvement in local recurrence and survival rates when compared to the conventional approach. Its excellent results are attributed to the superior lymph node harvest and removal of disseminated cancer cells in the surrounding soft tissue. Similarly, such advantages can be translated to left hemicolectomy with the use of CME with a CVL approach. Additionally, in left hemicolectomy, the vessels ligated (left branch of middle colic and left colic) are branches of vessels from the aorta rather than from the aorta directly, often limiting lymph node harvest. CME with CVL can help to overcome this limitation in left hemicolectomy. We present a video of a laparoscopic CME and CVL in a 48-year-old Chinese male with large bowel obstruction secondary to a descending colonic tumor which was successfully stented one week before.