Laparoscopic Colon Surgery For Bowel Cancer Removal
Laparoscopic colon surgery is fast gaining popularity especially for people with bowel cancer in need of surgery.
Studies have shown that laparoscopic colon resection can remove cancer of the bowel as well as open surgery with comparable safety. The magnification we see with the laparoscope enables detailed dissection with precision.
To perform this surgery, some 3 to 4 small incisions are made compared to conventional surgery which needs a mid-line incision of 15 to 30 cm in length.
Once we can access your bowel, we'll make a larger incision about 5cm in length to remove the cancer and affected part of the bowel.
Laparoscopic colon surgery takes a bit longer than conventional open surgery but as a patient, you will recover faster because your wounds are smaller, your bowel is handled less and more importantly, there's less pain.
Like all laparoscopic surgery, you will be put under General Anaesthesia which means you will be unconscious during the surgery.
Laparoscopic colon surgery is a major operation so you are admitted one day before to the hospital for surgery preparation. Expect to say 5 to 7 days after your operation depending on your condition. If your case is complicated, you may need to stay longer.
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