The benefits of a minimally invasive approach to elective colon resections have been well established. This is true regardless of whether the resection is done purely laparoscopically, with a hand-assist device, or through a small, strategically placed incision compared with a more traditional open operation. This conclusion is confirmed once again in this study by Juo et al,1 although patient selection bias has probably exaggerated the benefits.
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