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The Cochrane Library: Laparoscopic versus open total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer Intervention Review

Because definitive long-term results are not yet available, the oncological safety of laparoscopic surgery for treatment of rectal cancer remains controversial. However, laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (LTME) for rectal cancer has been proposed to have several short- term advantages in comparison with open total mesorectal excision (OTME). The objective of this intervention review is to evaluate whether there are any relevant differences in safety and efficacy after elective LTME, for the resection of rectal cancer, compared with OTME.
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