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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2017, Article ID 9278469, 12 pages
Review Article

The Advances of Laparoscopic Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer

Department of Surgery, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul 07985, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Joo-Ho Lee;

Received 31 March 2017; Accepted 19 July 2017; Published 5 September 2017

Academic Editor: Michel Kahaleh

Copyright © 2017 Yeon-Ju Huh and Joo-Ho Lee. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Laparoscopic gastrectomy is evolving. With the increasing expertise and experience of oncologic surgeons in the minimally invasive surgery for gastric cancer, the indication for laparoscopic gastrectomy is expanding to advanced cases. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, including reduced risk of surgery-related injury, reduced blood loss, less pain, and earlier recovery. In order to establish concrete evidence for the suitability of minimal invasive surgery for gastric cancer, many multicenter RCTs, comparing the short- and long-term outcomes of laparoscopic versus open surgery, are in progress. Advances in laparoscopic gastrectomy are moving toward increasingly minimally invasive approaches that enable the improvement of the quality of life of patients, without compromising on oncologic safety.