Observational Study
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World J Gastrointest Surg. Apr 27, 2020; 12(4): 178-189
Published online Apr 27, 2020. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v12.i4.178
Short term outcomes of minimally invasive selective lateral pelvic lymph node dissection for low rectal cancer
Kar Yong Wong, Aloysius MN Tan
Kar Yong Wong, Aloysius MN Tan, Colorectal Surgery Service, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore 308433, Singapore
Author contributions: Wong KY designed the study, analyzed and interpreted the data, wrote and revised the final manuscript for submission; Tan AMN participated in the data collection and analysis, co-wrote and revised the final manuscript for submission.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed and approved by the National Healthcare Group Domain Specific Review Board, No. 2019/01204.
Informed consent statement: The Institution Review Board approved a waiver for patient consent as the data utilized was obtained anonymously from an existing database without patient identifiers.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None of the authors have any conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
STROBE statement: This study meets the requirements of the STROBE Statement.
Open-Access: This article is an open-access article that was selected by an in-house editor and fully peer-reviewed by external reviewers. It is distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Corresponding author: Kar Yong Wong, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen Surg), MBChB, Associate Specialist, Surgeon, Colorectal Surgery Service, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433, Singapore. kar_yong_wong@ttsh.com.sg
Received: December 31, 2019
Peer-review started: December 31, 2019
First decision: February 19, 2020
Revised: March 18, 2020
Accepted: March 30, 2020
Article in press: March 30, 2020
Published online: April 27, 2020
Core Tip

Core tip: Lateral pelvic recurrence after rectal cancer surgery is still a major problem. There have been differences in the treatment of suspicious lateral pelvic lymph nodes between the East and West, treating this as either regional or systemic disease. Lateral pelvic lymph node dissection is a topic of debate in the treatment of these patients. In this study, we evaluate our single-center data, showing our short-term outcomes. Minimally invasive surgery, especially with the robotic platform is shown to be safe and feasible in lateral pelvic lymph node dissection.