What is Laparoscopic Colon Resection?
A technique known as minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery allows surgeons to perform many common colon procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.
In most laparoscopic colon resections, surgeons operate through 4 or 5 small openings (each about a quarter inch) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. In some cases, one of the small openings may be lengthened to 2 or 3 inches to complete the procedure.
What are the Advantages of Laparoscopic Colon Resection?
Results may vary depending upon the type of procedure and patient’s overall condition. Common advantages are:
- Less postoperative pain
- May shorten hospital stay
- May result in a faster return to solid-food diet
- May result in a quicker return of bowel function
- Quicker return to normal activity
- Improved cosmetic results
Are You a Candidate for Laparoscopic Colon Resection?
Although laparoscopic colon resection has many benefits, it may not be appropriate for some patients. Obtain a thorough evaluation by a surgeon qualified in laparoscopic colon resection surgery. It is also important to consult with your primary care physician to find out if the technique is appropriate for your condition.