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  • 2019-11-25

Laparoscopic left hemicolectomy with manual intracorporeal anastomosis

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2019;19(11). URL:
The best surgical approach for splenic flexure tumors is not well defined yet. The distal third of the transverse colon has an embryological origin in the hindgut, and the splenic flexure classically shows a dual lymphatic drainage, the proximal retropancreatic and the distal to the lymphatic pedicle of both the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) and the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV). Nakagoe et al. showed that the majority of positive nodes have distal lymphatic spread to the paracolic archway and up to the origin of the left colic artery. Lymph nodes of the middle colic artery and its left branch are positive in a small percentage (0 and 4.2% respectively). As a result, a left segmental colectomy is a valid option for splenic flexure and distal transverse colon tumors because it allows vascular ligation at the root of the vessels, dissection along the embryological planes, and adequate bowel margins from the tumor. The preservation of the IMV should reduce impaired venous drainage of the sigmoid colon, which can be associated with anastomotic leakage, without compromising complete mesocolic excision. An intracorporeal anastomosis for left colonic resection may have the same advantages as for a right hemicolectomy, but can be technically more challenging. This video shows a laparoscopic left hemicolectomy with manual intracorporeal anastomosis and preservation of the IMV for a tumor of the distal transverse colon.