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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Scott Q Nguyen, MD (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
Description: This is a well-written book on operative techniques in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
Purpose: The purpose is to outline operative techniques in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, a worthy objective since laparoscopic surgery is quickly becoming the mainstay of colorectal surgery.
Audience: The book is targeted for residents, fellows, and surgeons who are at an early stage of integrating laparoscopic colorectal surgery into their practice.
Features: Among the highlights are the useful figures demonstrating locations of ports and instruments/cameras for each separate procedure. The diagrams of robotic setup and docking are of note and distinguish this book from other surgical atlases. The pictures are full color and high resolution, and demonstrate anatomy well. Careful attention is given to patient position for a particular procedure. Finally, single site surgery is also discussed, making this book relatively comprehensive in its description of minimally invasive techniques. The book also comes with access to an online library of surgical videos, which is particularly valuable to surgeons hoping to hone their technique. The videos are clearly narrated and the video resolution is high. Anatomy is demonstrated well. Residents and fellows would find this resource valuable to review before scrubbing on cases. For training programs, these videos would be well suited for didactics on operative technique.
Assessment: This is a quality book. It is a useful guide for surgeons in training and for experienced surgeons looking to adopt laparoscopic techniques in their practice.