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Correspondence and Brief Communications
July 2000

Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Aortoiliac Surgery

Arch Surg. 2000;135(7):875-876. doi:

We read with interest the report on handoscopic surgery by the Southern Surgeons' Club Study Group.1 In our department we started a laparoscopic vascular surgical program 5 years ago trying to reduce the operative trauma in patients with aortoiliac disease.2 Disappointed with long operating times, we changed our protocol and began using hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery for aortoiliac reconstructions.

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