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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Hui Sen Chong, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This collaborative book provides a comprehensive review on various endoscopic and laparoscopic general surgery procedures. It is an update of the 2004 edition.
Purpose: With the emergence of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), the purpose of this book is to emphasize the importance of flexible endoscopy as part of a general surgeon's armamentarium. It is also intended as an update on the latest technology in minimally invasive surgery along with the workup, planning, and operative technique in every general surgery procedure that could be performed laparoscopically.
Audience: This book is well suited for senior residents, minimally invasive fellows, and laparoscopic general surgeons. Most of the focus is on advanced minimally invasive operative technique. It does not provide detailed operative anatomy of a given region or pitfalls of the operation itself. The contributing authors range from department chairs to residents, and the three editors are laparoscopic surgeons from North America.
Features: The book progresses from a brief introduction to advances in the field of minimally invasive surgery to chapters that review diseases according to organ systems. Each chapter has a brief introduction to the organ system, indications versus contraindication for laparoscopic surgery, preoperative planning, step-by-step operative technique, and postoperative management. Of the 61 chapters, 14 are dedicated to endoscopic management of various gastrointestinal pathologies. These chapters provide the necessary details of the procedural technique and are well illustrated with diagrams or pictures taken endoscopically. This is one of the strengths of this book; most surgical books lack chapters like these that provide general surgeons a better look at the endoscopic field. All chapters are well written and are excellently illustrated with black-and-white drawings or good quality operative images. However, urologic and gynecologic topics are not covered.
Assessment: This is a good review that focuses on the minimally invasive aspects of general surgery. Because the last edition was in 2004, an update of the advances in the field of minimally invasive surgery is justified. Nevertheless, it should not be used as a primary textbook, but as an adjunct to a fundamental general surgery textbook along with an operative anatomy textbook.