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World J Gastrointest Surg. Oct 27, 2016; 8(10): 670-678
Published online Oct 27, 2016. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v8.i10.670
Advances in minimally invasive neonatal colorectal surgery
Ashwath S Bandi, Catherine J Bradshaw, Stefano Giuliani
Ashwath S Bandi, Catherine J Bradshaw, Stefano Giuliani, Department of Paediatric Surgery, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London SW17 0QT, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Bandi AS and Bradshaw CJ conducted a review of the literature and drafted the manuscript; Giuliani S provided expert opinion, reviewed, edited and approved the final version of the paper.
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Correspondence to: Stefano Giuliani, MD, Department of Paediatric Surgery, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lanesborough Wing, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, United Kingdom.
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Received: March 29, 2016
Peer-review started: April 5, 2016
First decision: July 13, 2016
Revised: July 27, 2016
Accepted: August 17, 2016
Article in press: August 18, 2016
Published online: October 27, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: This review describes the recent evolution of neonatal colorectal surgery. It details the advances and current techniques since the introduction of laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive approaches to the surgical management of anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease. This review focuses on the various surgical options available and the benefits of these different techniques, outlining the current literature reporting the short- and long-term outcomes for these procedures.