Development of endoscopic surgery for the minimally invasive treatment of digestive and other diseases

Toshiharu Furukawa, Masahiko Watanabe, Soji Ozawa, Yoshihide Otani, Go Wakabayashi, Yasuhide Morikawa, Minoru Tanabe, Hirotoshi Hasegawa, Yuko Kitagawa, Ken Hoshino, Motohide Shimazu, Masakazu Ueda, Tetsuro Kubota, Masaki Kitajima

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Minimally invasive surgery has rapidly changed the performance of surgical practice in a wide range of surgical specialities in the last decade of the 20th century. The marked progress in endoscopic surgery has been conducted especially in general and digestive surgery. The Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Keio University has contributed to the development and establishment of endoscopic surgery in every subspeciality of general and digestive surgery. Our achievements include the development of original methods for laparoscopic wedge gastrectomy and endoscopic thyroidectomy, establishment of surgical techniques in endoscopic surgery for esophageal, gastric, colorectal and hepatobiliary diseases, and the introduction of robotics and tele-communicative technologies to endoscopic surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalKeio Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Sept


  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Master-slave manipulator
  • Tele-surgery
  • Thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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