Laparoscopic Colectomy Via Distance Mentoring: A Case Report to Develop Laparoscopic Surgery in Developing Caribbean Nations

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Shamir O. Cawich Andrew M. Josephs Carlos Wilson Karen S. Colley Keem A. McLaughlin


Although the laparoscopic approach is the gold standard for operative resection of colorectal carcinoma, the skill sets to complete colectomy laparoscopically is not universally available in developing Caribbean nations. We encountered this situation when general surgeons in Jamaica with experience in open colorectal resections encountered a patient who demanded laparoscopic resection of a confirmed carcinoma. The surgeons completed a laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy via remote mentoring. This may be, in select cases, a method to increase the availability of laparoscopic colorectal operations in developing countries.

Keywords: Laparoscopy, Colectomy, Sigmoid, Cancer, Distance Mentoring

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CAWICH, Shamir O. et al. Laparoscopic Colectomy Via Distance Mentoring: A Case Report to Develop Laparoscopic Surgery in Developing Caribbean Nations. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, jan. 2024. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 mar. 2024. doi:
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