This video (Figure 1) shows the laparoscopic exploration of the abdomen before a laparoscopic left colectomy. A live demonstration of the anatomical details and landmarks is given.
I suggest this video (Figure 1) to my residents as a preparatory tool, before performing a laparoscopic colectomy.
In the recent years, an advice toward centralization of colorectal surgery to high-volume centers has been given by many authors. Nevertheless, the association between caseload and outcomes is still questionable and the majority of laparoscopic colectomies are still performed by low-volume surgeons. Accordingly, I believe that providing local services with adequate surgical education and training tools could be a better strategy to improve outcomes and global health.
As a part of this strategy, I became engaged in the development of simplified and easy-to-learn laparoscopic surgical techniques (1-3), which I consider a valuable and complementary tool to help my residents build their learning curve and achieve a reliable experience.
Please, take your time with this video. I hope it will be of help for your growth as surgeons.
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Cite this article as: Lotti M. Anatomy in relation to left colectomy. Art Surg 2018;2:1.