Laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer in emergencies

Sanghyun An, Youngwan Kim


These days, laparoscopy has become a primary surgical approach for elective colorectal cancer operations. Numerous studies have demonstrated that laparoscopic surgery has shown favorable short-term outcomes (1-4) and equivalent oncologic outcomes compared to open surgery (5-7). However, laparoscopic surgery in emergent situations is not quite as popular when treating colorectal cancer as surgeons must overcome several barriers in terms of patient-related and surgeon-related factors.