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2020 Professor Andrew Hill FRSNZ

Is keyhole colectomy as good as it sounds?

Laparoscopic, or keyhole, colon resection is a common surgical procedure throughout the world. It appears to be associated with less pain and a faster recovery than a conventional open surgical approach. In this presentation, Professor Andrew Hill explores how upon closer look the advantages may not be quite as marked as previously thought. The insights that have arisen from the laparoscopic surgical experience, however, have led to new understandings of how pain arises following abdominal surgery with major implications for new approaches to pain management in the future.