The field of gastrointestinal endoscopy has been witnessing major advances over the last five decades. Developing from flexible endoscopy to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the 1950's and 70's to endoscopic ultrasound in the 80's, endoscopic technology has been transformed from serving purely diagnostic purposes to therapeutic applications. One recent major advance is the notion of using the flexible endoscope, taking it beyond the gastrointestinal lumen into what lies beyond the confines of the gastrointestinal tract. Natural orifice translumenal surgery offers the exciting potential to be safer, less invasive and possibly more cost-effective than the traditional open surgical or laparoscopic approach. The history and principles of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), along with future implications, are outlined in this article.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Minimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2006|
- Natural orifice surgery
- Transgastric surgery
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