Minimally invasive surgical approaches have exploded in popularity within the past 5 years and have now advanced well beyond standard laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Many diseases of the foregut are quite amenable to treatment by laparoscopically gased techniques, and these approaches are rapidly gaining acceptance for problems ranging from gastroesophageal reflux to peptic ulcer. With Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foregut, editors Jeffrey H. Peters and Tom R. DeMeester have attempted to "produce a comprehensive book that transcends simple descriptions of operative technique to encompass the broader physiological principles of surgery." With this new volume they have met many of their goals.
In addition to descriptions of operative procedures, the authors have included chapters dealing with physiologic alterations of laparoscopic surgery, ambulatory preoperative assessment, and postoperative results. Often neglected in discussions of laparoscopic surgery, these topics are crucial in deciding when laparoscopic surgery of the foregut is appropriate and in assessing results.