"Big Operations Using Mini Instruments": The Evolution of Mini Laparoscopy in the Surgical Realm.
Laparoscopy using miniature (2-3.5 mm) instruments was introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Though mini laparoscopy (Mini) created new opportunities for surgical diagnosis and therapy, the limitations of early instruments inhibited widespread adoption. This is no longer the case. Mini is enjoying a renaissance, due to several factors: the maturation of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), the failure of laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) platforms to achieve early expectations, and the recent significant improvements in Mini instrument functionality and durability. As a result, Mini is being increasingly applied to pediatric and adult procedures across specialties. To assess the current status of Mini laparoscopy, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center convened an international symposium in February 2015. This report shares highlights from that symposium, "Big Operations Using Mini Instruments."
Redan, JA; Humphries, A-R; Farmer, B; Paquentin, EM; Koh, CH; Chung, MK; Stringel, G; McCarus, SD; Carvalho, G; Diaz, RG; Shadduck, PP
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