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July 1986

Surgical Endoscopy

Arch Surg. 1986;121(7):857. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400070127037

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Flexible fiberoptic endoscopy has impacted virtually all aspects of surgical practice. Formerly, endoscopy was a diagnostic procedure used in conjunction with standard radiologic techniques. Flexible endoscopy has now assumed a therapeutic role that often obviates the need for operation. Endoscopic gastrostomy, common duct stone removal, volvulus reduction, and decompression of pseudo-obstruction of the colon are but a few examples of the ongoing conversion from operations to endoscopic procedures.

Surgical Endoscopy is a collection of presentations from a postgraduate symposium on surgical endoscopy held in Ann Arbor, Mich, in May 1985. Edited by three preeminent surgical endoscopists, with 56 contributors, it provides an in-depth review of current fiberoptic endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract, biliary tree, and other systems, including bronchoscopy, arthroscopy, and laparoscopy. A short section on the teaching, cost, and practice of endoscopy concludes the text. Chapters on various endoscopic procedures include thorough descriptions of indications, techniques, complications, and each

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