Author(s): de la Fuente SG, Demaria EJ, Reynolds JD, Portenier DD, Pryor AD
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Abstract Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery refers to the method of accessing the abdominal cavity through a natural orifice under endoscopic visualization. Since its introduction in 2004, numerous reports have been published describing different surgical interventions. Recently, a group of expert laparoscopic surgeons and endoscopists outlined the limitations of this approach and issued recommendations for progress toward human trials. Herein we review the published data and propose a series of questions to be considered for future investigations. We also address the controversy involved in the incorporation of this new technology into surgical practice.
This article was published in Arch Surg
and referenced in Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System