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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second volume of a book on advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures produced by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). For the first time, it is divided into two volumes to facilitate portability.
Purpose: It describes advanced endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. Typically, these procedures are found in fellowships devoted to minimally invasive surgery.
Audience: Senior residents, fellows, and practicing surgeons will find this collection beneficial. The authors are practitioners from North America.
Features: After a brief explanation of the reason for this second volume, the first part of the book describes procedures for esophageal, gastric, and weight loss surgery. The second part describes procedures for solid organs, including pancreatic resection, splenectomy, adrenal resection, and advanced biliary tract procedures. The final group of chapters describes various colonic procedures including stenting, single-site colectomy, laparoscopic-assisted procedures, and techniques specific to inflammatory bowel disease. Chapters are concise and typically follow an outline format, although a variety of presentation styles are used. The majority of illustrations are black-and-white line drawings, although a few chapters use color photographs. Unfortunately, photographs are of poor quality. Most chapters contain a reference list from primary literature dating to within two years of publication, but some have only older references.
Assessment: This manual demonstrates the wisdom of experienced surgeons. However, there is insufficient detail to use these two volumes as a standalone reference for minimally invasive surgery and they do not emphasize advanced robotic procedures. Despite production inconsistencies, the two-volume SAGES Manual is a worthwhile refresher for experienced practitioners.