The focus of this book is the description of laparoscopic techniques as they are currently applied in surgical oncology. The authors have endeavored to include the information necessary to the formulation of clinical decisions. This is particularly important in this field, since a misjudged application of the laparoscopic techniques for a cancer patient could potentially compromise the oncological outcome. In addition, operative techniques are presented in detail, emphasizing the clinical setting and the scientific rationale for their undertaking, in hopes of instilling sound judgment in the novice and reinforcing it in the established practitioner. Each chapter begins with a short discussion of clinical pathophysiology, covering treatment indications and options. The operative procedure follows and is discussed in enough detail to provide an understandable commentary for the accompanying illustrations.
By Theodore N. Pappas, MD, Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center; Chief of Surgical Services, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA